Adonis Thomas said it was a matter of academics with his college decision on Friday.
The 4-star linebacker from Central Gwinnett High School committed to Florida over Alabama among 20 scholarship offers.
“Florida has been on me since the middle of my junior season,” Thomas told the AJC. “Alabama started recruiting me right after the Rising Seniors game (last December), so I felt like Florida had been on me the longest, as well I feel more comfortable with a Florida degree than an Alabama degree.”
The 6-foot-3, 230-pound Thomas plans to major in Business and minor in Accounting. He projects to play outside linebacker at Florida.
“Florida’s degree is respected nationally than Alabama’s,” he said. “It’s a top 15 school in the country. Academics are really important to me. My mom told me to choose a school that I can play football at as well as get a strong education.
“This week, it was pretty even between Alabama and Florida. I was actually leaning more toward Alabama until I really gave it some thought. I thought about life after football, so I decided I wanted to go to Florida instead.”
Thomas transferred to Central Gwinnett from Lakesde-DeKalb High School after his sophomore season. His former Lakeside teammate, 3-star offensive lineman Mike Hornton, pledged to Florida on Thursday as part of a package deal between the two good friends.