WR Ryan Sousa decides to transfer from Florida


We’re inching toward the start of a new season being closer than the end of spring practices, but that doesn’t mean the post-spring attrition has ceased.

On his Twitter account earlier this week, Ryan Sousa announced that he has decided to transfer out of the Florida football program. Other than “now it’s time to move on with my career,” the wide receiver gave no reason for his decision to part ways with the Gators.

Sousa, originally a Florida State commit, was a three-star member of the Gators’ 2014 recruiting class, rated by 247sports.com as the No. 67 receiver in the country and the No. 70 player at any position in the state of Florida. In addition to UF and FSU, Sousa also held offers from, among others, Arizona, Georgia Tech, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan State, Missouri, UCLA and Wisconsin.

After taking a redshirt as a true freshman, Sousa played in two games in 2015. The fact that Sousa was a depth-chart afterthought after two springs in Gainesville likely played a sizable role in the player’s decision to transfer.

Should Sousa end up back at the FBS level in the coming months, he will be forced, more than likely, to sit out the 2016 season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules. He’d then have two seasons of eligibility remaining beginning in 2017.