The Florida Gators reeled in one of the top players on their entire recruiting board in early August. Lawrenceville (Ga.) Central Gwinnett linebacker Adonis Thomas is a 6-foot-3, 219 pound outside linebacker that can wreak havoc. Central Gwinnett head coach Todd Wofford says Thomas is a big part of the early season success and their 3-1 record.
“Things are going pretty good right now,” Wofford said Thursday afternoon. “We are on a three game winning streak. We aren’t playing as good as we possibly can be playing, but we have won the last three. We are getting better each week.
“Adonis is playing off the charts. In four games he has 46 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, and three sacks.”
Thomas is one of the prized recruits for the Gators for the above reasons and so many more, but there is a lot of talk of him looking around after the Gators shaky start.
Nobody said it was going to be easy.
The Florida Gators have a nice collection among their committed players, and they are after a collection of really highly rated players to fill out their class, but it has been tough to get them to say yes, and for the same reason it is tough to keep them from changing their minds. There were so many questions about these Gators before the season and there aren’t many answers yet.
It might be especially tough for out-of-state prospects that are committed. The pressure from other schools recruiting with Florida’s woes can be great, but none are in a hurry to just jump. That includes Thomas.
“He’s actually committed but evaluating Florida’s season,” Wofford said of his prized linebacker. “He is just trying to make the right decision for himself. He’s keeping gauge of how the season is going and how the players are doing. He just wants to make sure everything is good with his decision.”
The one team that has always been in the race is still there. The Alabama coaches told him the day he committed to the Gators that they were going to continue coming after him hard. They have done just that. But, there are another couple of other schools in the mix and that will get visits from the 4-star prospect.
“Alabama never stopped recruiting him from his commitment, but also LSU and Oregon are huge and heavy on him as well and on him every week,” Wofford said. “Oregon was actually at practice (Wednesday). They are a couple of teams that don’t get a mention from people, but they have been after him. Oregon offered him a while ago as a linebacker and a tight end.”
We will continue to follow the recruitment of Thomas during the process.