RECRUITING: Thomas Will Visit Florida Sat.

Bryan Thomas took the Zephyrhills Bulldogs on his shoulders this fall, making big plays on both offense and defense to help get his team into the state playoffs. Although Zephyrhills couldn't get past Eustis in the first round (13-6 loss), Thomas certainly made the Bulldogs a contender. He will be dealing with a contender of a different type on Saturday. He will be at The Swamp for the Florida-FSU game and the Gators are in the lead for his signature on signing day.

(Bryan Thomas profile)

In the playoff loss to Eustis, Thomas had a game to remember. He made sure that his final game for Zephyrhills was the kind that people will always talk about.

"I had 70 yards rushing and the only touchdown, two sacks, 14 tackles and a blocked pass playing linebacker," said the 6-2, 192-pounder who is rated four stars by Thomas projects either as a defensive back or a wide receiver at the next level.

During the regular season, Thomas accounted for more than 800 yards of offense and seven touchdowns. On defense he had 83 tackles, four sacks and five interceptions. He ran three of the interceptions back for touchdowns.

He has already visited Tennessee on an official visit but the Vols are in meltdown this season. They're 4-6 with one game to go and out of the bowl picture for the first time since 1983. Tennessee was figuring fairly strong in the recruiting process until the season went south.

The team to beat for his services is Florida, just a couple of hours up the road from Zephyrhills. He's been to Gainesville a few times already so he's familiar with the Gators and a lot of players on the team.

"I am coming up for the Florida State game with my cousin," he said. "They say I can play safety and be a return man. I feel like I can come in ands make a big impact for that team right away, along with a couple of others in the secondary that are about to commit. I have been favoring Florida for a while, it's just right there.

"I am trying to get everything out of the way so I can go ahead and figure out what I am going to do. I am trying to go to Ohio State in December."

Ohio State and South Carolina are the other two schools that round out the four from which he will make his final decision. Thomas talked about Ohio State and South Carolina.

OHIO STATE: "They want me to play both ways."

SOUTH CAROLINA: "They want me to play both ways too, and they will see what position I have a better chance playing. I really want to know which one they want me at."

Thomas, who works a job while juggling school work and football, also runs track in the spring. He's already qualified academically for a Division I program, having scored a qualifying mark in the SAT during his junior year.

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