RECRUITING: Thomas looking forward to visit

Ever the workaholic, Zephyrhills safety Bryan Thomas is still holding down a job, playing basketball and running track as well as keeping up with his school work these days. The four-star Florida Gator football commitment will officially visit Gainesville next weekend for what we've been calling "Gator love" weekend. Some 20 prospects are expected in on the weekend including several who are already committed to the Gators.

(Bryan Thomas profile)

Thomas has been a workaholic ever since I have been interviewing him. He has always held down a job and played in more than one sport. This time of year he plays point guard on the Zephyrhills basketball team as well as running the 100 meters, 200 meters, 4x100, and the long jump on the track team. In the meantime he is keeping his grades up for his opportunity to go to Florida in the fall.

"It's going good," he said about his school work. "I am playing point guard but there isn't much to talk about, I'm not really in it, I just do it to stay in shape. I haven't played many games because I have always been on the go.

On the go is the understatement for the 6-2, 192 pound Thomas. He spent half of his Christmas break in California playing in the Cali-Florida bowl. It was a game in which the top high school football prospects in California and Florida play against each other on the field.

"The Cali-Florida game was nice," he said. "They treated us good. I liked meeting the people and the win. It was the first shutout in seven years. We all matched up pretty well, some guys stood out more than others I guess, Chavez Grant and Charles Deas on defense. Tony Wilson was good on offense. "

"All the Gators out there had a good time, any time someone talked about their school, we out-numbered them."

The Gator coaching staff knows what kind of player Thomas is. Coach Meyer himself has been keeping tabs on Thomas and letting him know exactly what he means to the future of the Gator program. Thomas will get an eyeful when he experiences his official visit next weekend in Gainesville.

"Coach Meyer calls me the most," Thomas said. "He just calls to touch base and check in all the time. I am looking forward to my visit next week. I really don't know what to expect when I show up, I just want to see the campus and get a good memory of it. I might come by myself or my step dad may come with me."

The coaches just want Thomas to come in prepared to get down to business. Of course with Thomas he has been nothing but business for at least a solid year now. The hardest working man in high school should have no trouble bringing his work ethic to Gainesville and making it work for him.

"They tell me to just come ready to work," he said about his arrival to school in the summer. "I am just going to come out there and put all my cards on the table and give it my best."

No one that knows Bryan Thomas would expect anything less than the best from him. He is a standout in all facets of life from being an exceptional student, to being a hard working person in the community, to being a dynamic player on the football field. Bryan Thomas is the epitome of the 1% of the 1%.

EXTRA: View Bryan Thomas' senior video highlights, courtesy of SunshinePreps.

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