RECRUITING: Bryan Thomas Has A Leader

Bryan Thomas never gets to take a play off. He is a standout wide receiver for Zephyrhills and one of the top players in the state of Florida. He doesn't get days off in life either. In addition to a full school schedule and football, he holds down a job. The fact that he's such a hard worker might have something to do with the 20 football scholarship offers he's received.

(Bryan Thomas profile)

While so many have offered, there are three that have really earned his attention. He's got Florida, Tennessee and Ohio State on his radar for those rare moments when he has time to think about things. His schedule is so busy that school is the easy part of his day.

"I'm still working," he said. "Every once in a while I get a day off. School is easy for me this year because I got all the hard stuff out of the way."

Thomas could spend his football playing time at the next level either on offense or defense. He's good enough on either side of the ball to play in Division I. Right now, he's going both ways, trying to set a good example for his younger teammates.

"We have a very young team with a lot of sophomores getting a lot of playing time," he said. "We are 1-1 and have a conference game coming up against River Ridge. We are looking for a victory in that game.

"In the Mitchell game (two weeks ago) I had 124 receiving yards on six catches, an interception, a sack, and a touchdown receiving. I had a touchdown and 90 receiving yards off of two catches in the Land 'O Lakes game (last week). My longest reception was about 46 yards so far."

The dead period for college recruiting ended last week (September 1). Thomas is already getting telephone calls from the coaches of the schools that interest him.

"The Gators called me on the first," he said. "We just chatted a little bit. I talked to Coach Beck from Ohio State. I talked to the Tennessee coach today."

While three schools are prominent in his thinking, there is one that stands out above the rest.

"Florida is real high," he said. "They are the highest. Then it is Ohio State and then Tennessee."

He talked briefly about his schools of interest:

FLORIDA: "I am very familiar with the coaching staff and the campus and I like what I see. I didn't make it to the Wyoming game, but I am going to make it to the Tennessee game."

OHIO STATE/TENNESSEE: "It's just the things I hear and see on TV. I haven't been there so there isn't much I can say about these two."

Florida will be playing Tennessee September 17 in The Swamp. That game might have a big impact on Thomas as he gets a chance to absorb the game-day atmosphere at the University of Florida. He's at the very top of Florida's safety board so this is a chance for the Gators to lengthen their lead in this recruiting derby.

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