RECRUITING: Gators still look good for Thomas

Last April at a football combine in Atlanta, Carlos Thomas hit the scene with a dominating performance that had many schools from around the nation scrambling for his attention. When summer rolled around, Carlos came to Gainesville and had a solid camp that was loaded with national stars like Dee Morley, Ryan Perriloux, and OJ Murdock. Many rumors circulated at the time that Thomas had committed to the Florida coaches, but that turned out to be false. <b>ALSO: Highlight Videos!</b>

Since then, Carlos has committed and de-committed from the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. Where does he stand now?

Now that Coach Urban Meyer has his crew of assistants full-time in Gainesville, the Gators are working hard to renew the relationship with the College Park (GA) Benneker star. Coach Mike Locksley is recruiting the four star receiver.

At Benneker this year, Thomas had more than 1000 combined yards of rushing and receiving. Defensively he had four interceptions. He also scored nine touchdowns.

Although a star two-way player in high school, Thomas says that the Gators are recruiting him as a receiver. Recently, however, he told that playing both ways was an exciting prospect for him. The Gator receiver board has grown tremendously in the last few weeks and Carlos would make a great addition.

Several other schools are hot after Thomas including former UF coach Steve Spurrier at South Carolina as well as Ohio State. The Buckeyes came south a couple of years ago to pluck star wideout Santonio Holmes (Belle Glade, FL) from the Big Three. Thomas will visit Ohio State this weekend. He's scheduled to visit South Carolina January 14 and his final trip will be to Gainesville on January 28.

Currently, Thomas doesn't have any in-home visits scheduled. It's not clear that he will or that he will even have time with all of the visits. He is planning on waiting until National Signing Day before making his commitment public.

To give a comparison on Carlos Thomas, he reminds me of current Gator wide receiver Jemalle Cornelius. Nearly identical in size, Thomas is 5-11, 170 pounds, and runs a 4.4 in the forty. I saw Carlos at two different camps last year. At the camp in Atlanta, he completely dominated his competition. He made shoestring catches and created space well. None of the defensive backs could cover him. He was far and away one of the top wideouts in attendance. The fact that he can play cornerback as well makes Thomas a hot prospect, especially considering the Gators' needs at cornerback for this recruiting class.

Scott Kennedy,'s Southern Region analyst, lists Carlos as the tenth best cornerback prospect in the nation just behind players like Dee Morley, Bryan Evans, and Justin King. Getting a commitment from Thomas would be a great addition to what is already shaping up to be a great class.

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