Word spreads fast these days in the world of college football recruiting.
It certainly has in the case of Orlando Lake Nona 2014 wide receiver Ryan Sousa, who gained his 28th offer from Georgia State on Thursday. He also had a pair of high-profile visitors on campus Wednesday.
Florida wide receivers coach Joker Phillips and Florida State offensive line coach Rick Trickett both stopped by to say hi to the talented receiver, whose film from last week’s spring-game performance is making the rounds.
Sousa put on a big-time show in front of close to 30 college recruiters during the Lions spring win over Orlando First Academy. He scored three touchdowns, one an impressive catch-and-run of about 70 yards, and still another 60-plus TD that was called back. The after effects have been quite positive for the 6-foot-1, 180-pound rising senior.
“It felt exciting. It always does when you get to meet new coaches,” Sousa said. “I just want to thank Coach ’Diso [Lake Nona head coach Anthony Paradiso]. He set it all up and is giving me all the love right now.”
Paradiso must have put quite a marketing project together from that spring game, with more coaches flocking in to see what the Sousa Buzz is all about. Neither Phillips or Trickett offered a scholarship, but there could be one from both in the future. The Gators and Seminoles are expected to sign at least two if not three receivers to their respective 2014 recruiting classes.
“They both talked about how they like my highlight film and what a great fit I would be for their program, and that’s about it,” Sousa said of Phillips and Trickett.
College coaches can visit campus and be introduced to players, but that’s the limit during the NCAA’s current period of personal-visit recruiting regulations.
“They both said they want me to come to camp and that they might offer if they like what they see on camp day,” Sousa said.
He didn’t figure what he did last Thursday (May 23) was anything special, since the talented receiver did the same thing quite a bit last season in raking up 1,601 yards on 92 receptions. He had 21 TDs.
“I guess all the schools are hearing about it and they were excited and decided to come talk to me,” Sousa said. “I thought I was just playing how I play, but I guess they heard about it.”
Plenty more will be hearing as well.
Of his 28 offers so far, UCF is recruiting him heavily and other top schools with Sousa on their board are Wisconsin, Purdue, Kentucky, UCLA, Rutgers, Arizona and Wake Forest, where his brother Kevin Sousa will be a redshirt sophomore quarterback this season.
Chris Hays is the Sentinel's recruiting coverage coordinator and can be reached at email@example.com. Follow us on Twitter at @Os_Recruiting and Facebook at Orlando Sentinel Recruiting and now on Pinterest at Orlando Recruiting.