Posted: 10:16 pm Friday, August 1st, 2014

Adonis Thomas picks Florida over Alabama 

By Michael Carvell

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.

OLB Adonis Thomas

OLB Adonis Thomas

“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.

77 comments
Contractor1
Contractor1

Don't care personally where he goes, but Alabama is ranked higher in accounting than Florida. Our accounting program does very well and offers a ton of opportunity. I went accounting and I had offers in Atlanta and New York from the Big 4 and plenty of other firms. Good luck with his decision as in the fact with academics you can't go wrong with either school. Nest of luck sir.

southgabrave
southgabrave

UGA in Josh Sweat's top 5....do they have real shot?


Dawg-Gawn
Dawg-Gawn

Best of luck to Adonis Thomas and his family with his choice of college (UF) and to further his football career in becoming a Gator...

FTTK... UGA chose to pass... trust and have faith in the coaches judgment... "now let your patience become a finished product." ~ James 1:4 (JFY -TampaG)

"BELIEVE" in the G

C-Kirk
C-Kirk

I actually like this guy , too bad Georgia wasn't in the mix. The package deal sealed it for Florida but if it hadn't been on the table , he would have picked Alabama. Georgia can't let someone in their back yard go out of state without a hard fight. We sure missed this one.

iamlistening
iamlistening

Would Alabama have accepted his commitment today? I only ask this question because a lot of times we hear about recruits selecting one school over another when other schools have moved on or those schools tell a recruit to wait because they have others higher on their board. I'm not saying that's the case here - I have no clue about this athlete's recruitment. 

GSU93
GSU93

Sounds like UGA was never in the picture.  That's a shame considering this is another kid who's in their backyard but was recruited by an out of state school first.  Central gwinnett is 45 minutes from Athens...

TampGator1
TampGator1

Highly rated LBs Jerome Baker and Adonis Thomas are now both committed to Florida. Most likely LB Jeffery Holland (41st best player in the country) and Te'Von Coney (one of the top LBs in FLorida) to follow soon?  And Thomas' commitment really helps with Florida's recruitment of Roquan Smith.  Could be some kind of special LB group recruited to Florida this year.


Also Florida leans by many: (using ESPN rankings)


#2 Ranked player in the country - DE Byron Cowart (although Auburn is pushing hard)

#3 Ranked player in the country - OT Martez Ivery (Auburn again pushing hard)

#7 Ranked player in the country - DE Ce Ce Jefferson (strong Florida lean)

#10 Ranked player in the country - WR George Campbell  (waiting to see how the offense looks this year)


If the season goes well, I believe Florida gets all 4 of the above.


Florida is a very young team and only has about 16 spots available at the moment.  But, Muschamp could end up with a very good class that meets needs when February gets here.


Go Gators.


KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

@Contractor1 His Mother liked Florida best just like Rico's Mom like Alabama best. 


It happens...Forrest Gump


Gumping ain't easy these days with these two losses tied to our arse....just saying

TampGator1
TampGator1

@Dawg-Gawn 


Thanks for the Bible verse, there, Dawg-Gawn.  Thomas plays the same position as Carter and Georgia is deep with LBs.  But, Georgia did offer him a scholarship.  So not sure exactly how that is passing on him????????? Passing would be not offering, I believe.  And I am positive Georgia would have taken him if he had wanting to be a Dawg.  He didn't.  

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

@Dawg-Gawn LOL....Jermey Pruitt was his lead recruiter sport! Just for once in you life Man Up and accept the fact the kid didn't want to go to Georgia.

TampGator1
TampGator1

@C-Kirk 


Just so you know and so you can stop making random and inaccurate posts on here.  Alabama offered and heavily recruited Horton (not Hornton as in the story) as well.  They both chose Florida....OVER Alabama.  Horton because of his relationship with Summers and Muschamp, and Thomas for the reasons stated in the article, of which none were related to a "package deal."  But Horton and Thomas did want to play together and was one of the reasons that were both offered by Florida and Bama and about 20 other schools, including Georgia.  But both would have been offered by those two schools anyway.  Horton is a 4-star on ESPN and is in their ESPN TOP 300 players, and so is Thomas.   

TampGator1
TampGator1

@iamlistening 


Read the article.  Alabama would have taken both Thomas and Horton.  No doubt.  But Horton committing to Florida over Bama on Wednesday sealed the deal for Thomas, I think, for Florida....since they are really good friends and want to play together in college. 

TampGator1
TampGator1

@GSU93 


I think Florida currently has more need for LB recruits than Georgia.  Florida did not sign a single LB in the 2014 class and I believe Georgia signed several. including Carter, who will basically play the same position as Thomas. Makes sense that he was not interested in Georgia that much at this time. 

MM2
MM2

TG1, Gators may get them to verbally commit but it could all unravel if Muschamp goes 7-5 or 8-4 and gets terminated

Contractor1
Contractor1

I agree. The media is talking like it's the end of the world. Good gracious, since when is two losses an absolute horrid season? I'm sorry, but Georgia would kill to go with one loss in the regular season and a toss up for the bowl game. Our program is not super human, we're going to lose. I guess when you set a precedence it gets people talking Judgement Day when you lose two games.

TampGator1
TampGator1

@gtcaryd


Actually, I think Georgia has an excellent shot at him.  Pruitt was recruiting him at FSU last year. 

Dawg-Gawn
Dawg-Gawn

@TampGator1

UGA passed and quit recruiting after prospect was evaluated in the spring... offer originally came from Grantham and not all offers are committable... it's the truth - I hope Thomas does well as a Gator, except while playing in Jacksonville...

Lorenzo Carter is proving to be the real deal in practice... already up to 237 lbs and extremely fast!

@KeepOnSmilingWetWillie 

A boasting tongue/finger reveals an insecure heart and a filthy tongue/finger reveals an impure heart... you may be in need of heart transplant... seriously!

"BELIEVE" in the G

Dewnsav
Dewnsav

@TampGator1 @C-Kirk T-Gator, losing Horton hurts,,,I feel he will be starting for the Gators in a few years...go dogs

iamlistening
iamlistening

@TampGator1 @iamlistening Where in this article did it say that Alabama would have taken both Thomas and Horton? Also, where in this article did it mention whether or not Alabama would have accepted his commitment. Just because a recruit mentions they have an option doesn't necessarily mean they have a committable offer or that the school is ready to accept it... That was my point. 

TampGator1
TampGator1

@MM2 


Neither of those records would cause Muschamp to be fired.  5-7 or 4-8 or worse would, but that is not happening.  And Richt could also be in big trouble if his team bombs again after so much preseason hype.  I know Georgia fans on here will turn on him in a second if they lose to Clemson and South Carolina.....but that is not going to happen either.

TampGator1
TampGator1

@Dewnsav


He will be in Gainesville for a long time.  The Gators are going to be very good this year....unless the perfect storm of injuries visits again.  But the team is deeper than last year, so they would do better this year if that happens.  Hope not.  And Muschamp is an outstanding coach and recruiter.  Foley knows that.  He is not going anywhere unless the Gators just fold up and have another horrible year.  If that happens, and I do not think it will, the big dollar alumni will force Foley's hand.  But I think they will help extend Muschamp's contact after this year.  The Gators roster is filled with talent and has a lot of depth.  Go Gators.

TampGator1
TampGator1

@Dewnsav 


Ever heard the names Byron Cowart and CeCe Jefferson?  Both are 5-star DEs and Florida leans at the moment. 

Contractor1
Contractor1

They're saying Virginia Tech is the huge favorite.

TampGator1
TampGator1

@Dewnsav


He is a road grader.....and just what the Gators need at guard on the OL in the future. However, Florida will also take a look at him as a nose guard on defense, and it was one of the reasons he picked Florida over Bama.   Go Gators.

TampGator1
TampGator1

@iamlistening


It says in the article that Bama was actively recruiting him.  Reason tends to make me think that they wanted him as a result and would have taken him and Horton both if they had committed to the Tide.  And, other sites have written about how much the Bama coaches have been after Thomas.  He is going to be a deadly pass rusher off the edge for Florida. And he would have been for Bama as well, and that is something they have been lacking in recent years....and why they wanted him so badly I would think....using pure logic only.

Dewnsav
Dewnsav

@TampGator1 @Dewnsav T-Gator, you said the same thing last year...maybe they will be good/great, you know more about them than I do, but injuries and players playing up/down will tell the tale...Driskel needs to get his Schlitz together for ya'll to have a chance...your D is always good...go dogs

TampGator1
TampGator1

@KeepOnSmilingWetWillie


Wet....Muschamp did not have a bad year his first year.  Florida was down talent wise when Muschamp took over and everyone knew it.  Winning 7 games that year was a positive and help get some of the deep, young talent that is now on the roster.  Last year was a very bad year, however.  He can't have a losing season again.....EVER.   

Dewnsav
Dewnsav

@Contractor1 If I had a guess, it would be the Hokies...geography counts in some cases...go dogs

Dewnsav
Dewnsav

@gtcaryd @TampGator1 cary, what are you trying to say ?? got some inside scoop ?? or just trying southgabrave ?? go dogs

TampGator1
TampGator1

@KeepOnSmilingWetWillie


What B.S?  Georgia did offer Thomas and I have no doubt they would have taken him if he wanted to commit to Georgia. Dawg-Gawn acts like Georgia did not want him.  They did.  He did not want Georgia.  But Dawg-Gawn would have serious issues with any player that did not want to play for Georgia and would tell everyone he was not good enough to play for Georgia.  Well....he will be good enough to play against Georgia in the near future.  He is a very good play and will get a lot better being coached up by Lawing, Durkin, and Muschamp on the defensive side of the ball.  He will be an excellent replacement for Dante Fowler in the future. 

TampGator1
TampGator1

@KeepOnSmilingWetWillie


Wet, ESPN has him as a 4-star.  He will be a 5-star player in college, I believe.  He is very strong and just needs to learn a little technique to become a very good lineman.  Might play both sides of the ball at Florida....OG and NG maybe on goal line situations in the future.

TampGator1
TampGator1

@Dewnsav


Florida would have won 8 or 9 games last year....if the massive amount of injuries had not occurred.  They will be a better team this year.  9 or 10 wins is not out of the question if they avoid key injuries.  The WRs are much better (best group since Muschamp has been at Florida). Deep and good at RB.  A very good TE came in from Virginia (graduated and transferred to play for Roper) and that was also a major problem spot for the Gators last year.  So, yes, much depends on how Driskel plays and if he stays healthy.  But keep a close eye on a new kid from Booker T. Washington.......Treon Harris.  He is a spark plug of a QB.  Lots of skill running and passing, although he is only 5'11".  Might be the perfect fit in Roper's offense.  The Gators will most likely redshirt Will Grier if Driskel stays healthy.  And yes, the defense will again be very good.  Stay healthy, and the Gators will challenge for the East title this year. 

TampGator1
TampGator1

@Dewnsav


70/30 Cowart (Florida vs. Auburn)

CeCe is about 90 percent Gators I would say.....make that 95%.


Dewnsav
Dewnsav

@TampGator1 @KeepOnSmilingWetWillie T-Gator, I don't see why people care if UGA offered him or not...what difference does it make ?? fact is, 70-80% of the players are offered by many schools...apparently his heart wasn't in Athens, doesn't matter why...personally I wish him well except in Jville...go dogs

DawgNole
DawgNole

@TampGator1 @Dewnsav

"Florida would have won 8 or 9 games last year....if the massive amount of injuries had not occurred."

Woulda, shoulda, coulda, IF.

Dewnsav
Dewnsav

@TampGator1 @Dewnsav T-Gator, didn't you have another spark plug QB come  in when Driskel went down ?? lot of running/passing skill...forget his name...have you ?? go dogs

TampGator1
TampGator1

@Dewnsav 


And both were in Gainesville this weekend, along with 5 star WR Campbell and another outstanding WR, Davis, from the Tampa area.  I think all four will be signing with the Gators in February.

Dewnsav
Dewnsav

@KeepOnSmilingWetWillie @Dewnsav @Contractor1 willy, what, no Beamer ball ?? say it ain't so... I like ole Frank...even though he jilted us, I think he is a great coach...anyone who can win big at a Polytechnic Institute is alright with me...go dogs

TampGator1
TampGator1

@Dewnsav


Just responded to Dawg Gawn who posted that Georgia had no interest in him.  LOL.

TampGator1
TampGator1

@Dewnsav 


Tyler Murphy was doing fine until all the injuries took their toll....including Murphy severely hurting his shoulder during the Missouri game.  And no, Murphy is not as good as Treon Harris.  Murphy was a 2 star coming out of high school  Harris is a 5 star with a lot more ability.