RECRUITING: Edenfield Has An Offer From UF

Thomas Edenfield may have started the spring relatively unknown in recruiting circles but the word has gotten around about the big offensive tackle from Jacksonville Bartram Trail. He's gone from an unknown quantity to a highly coveted commodity in a short span and now he's got offers from big time programs including the Florida Gators.

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Just in the last week, Edenfield has gotten offers from Florida, Louisville, and Clemson. Although h has only played football for two seasons, the 6-6, 295-pounder is drawing is also hearing from Georgia, LSU, Southern Cal, Miami, Central Florida, FSU and other highly regarded programs.

Edenfield was in Gainesville Saturday for a combine held at Florida's practice fields. It might have been his first workout at the University of Florida but it definitely wasn't his first trip to The Swamp or the Florida facilities. He grew up a Gator fan and he's familiar with the Florida program.

"I went to the Vanderbilt game and the Florida-Georgia game [last season]," Edenfield said. "I went to one practice this year. The practice was pretty intense. The coaches got onto the players a lot and I liked that."

He is being recruited by Florida's co-defensive coordinator Greg Mattison, who recruits the Jacksonville area. Mattison saw enough of Edenfield in spring workouts to recommend a scholarship offer to Coach Urban Meyer.

"Florida is real nice," he said. :"I like their campus and the coaches. Coach Mattison saw me at practice. He told me he is real interested in me and liked me a lot. He's a great guy but he coaches defensive line so maybe I would go against his guys some day."

Edenfield isn't ready to name any leaders at the moment. He is taking a measured approach to recruiting. He's taken the time to visit three other schools including one on Monday when he visited Tallahassee. He went to the FSU football offices only to find out that they didn't have a coach available to even meet with him, so it was a relatively short visit.

He has also visited Georgia and Central Florida.

"Georgia had a junior day and it was nice up there," he said. "They had a nice campus. I went to Central Florida on their junior day. It was real nice and they are getting new facilities."

Edenfield is looking forward to his senior season where the team strength will be the offensive line. An all-senior front has his Bartram Trail team looking to make a dent in whatever defense comes their way.

"We are looking pretty good," he said. "We are kind of young but we are coming around. The whole offensive line and the tight end are all seniors."

Edenfield had a good year in the classroom as a junior. He likes math and science courses and he is considering majoring in sports medicine when he goes away to college. He will take the ACT on June 3.

He is a big time golfer and used to play baseball where he was a pitcher. He is also a black belt and martial arts expert. All that athletic ability is why so many outstanding football programs are coming on strong with him. He's hearing that his long arms, quick feet and big body project him on the exterior of the offensive line.

"Right now I am playing left tackle and in college I would be a left or right tackle," he said.

The Florida Gators lost five linemen to graduation from the 2005 squad and even though they signed four in the 2006 recruiting class, expect that four or five more will be signed in the recruiting class of 2007. Thomas Edenfield is one of Florida's chief targets for that 2007 class and he's just 90 minutes away.

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