Top Florida Gators’ recruit will likely visit to UGA

UGA has officially re-entered the sweepstakes for Adonis Thomas, the 4-star linebacker who is committed to the Florida Gators.

This past summer, the Central Gwinnett High School senior picked Florida over Alabama.

Florida's Will Muschamp (AP file)

Florida’s Will Muschamp (AP file)

However, due to all the speculation over Florida coach Will Muschamp’s future with the Gators, Thomas is still communicating with other colleges as a precaution.

UGA defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt called Thomas last week.

“He just told me that Coach Pruitt called him and was checking into his situation,” Central Gwinnett coach Todd Wofford told the AJC. “And (Pruitt) basically said that they (UGA) hadn’t heard from him, and they didn’t know if he had shut it down after committing to Florida.

“But Adonis let (UGA) know that Alabama, LSU and all the other colleges had never stopped recruiting him. Coach Pruitt said he was going to get back on Adonis.”

What was Thomas’ reaction to UGA’s renewed interest? “He’s just making sure right now about Florida, with everything going on down there,” Wofford said. “He’s just covering all his bases. He already has official visits set up with Alabama and LSU, and he had one set up with Oregon. But he’s probably going to switch and go to UGA instead of Oregon.”

The 6-foot-3, 230-pound Thomas will wait until after his senior season to take his four official visits. If Thomas doesn’t sign with Florida, Alabama would appear to be the school to beat since the Crimson Tide was his runner-up choice. Thomas will see Muschamp and the rest of Florida’s coaches this weekend.

“He’s actually going down there this weekend for a game,” Wofford said. “It will be his first time down there this season. (His Florida commitment) is one of those touchy kind of things just because he’s really tight with the coaching staff. He really likes those coaches.

2016 OT EJ Price (AJC/Carvell)

2016 OT EJ Price (AJC/Carvell)

“But with the way the season is going, and you hear so many things about how many games they’ve got to win, this or that, or something will happen — Adonis is just playing it by ear right now.”

Thomas, rated as the state’s No. 18 overall prospect, is having a good senior season with 65 tackles, 4 sacks, and 12 tackles for losses in six games.

RELATED: When Central Gwinnett (4-2) plays at Grayson (7-0) at 7 p.m., there will be a clash of two of the state’s top college football prospects. Grayson defensive tackle Justin Young, who is committed to UGA, will go head-to-head against Central Gwinnett’s E.J. Price, who is rated as the state’s No. 8 prospect for next year. The 6-6, 270-pound Price has around 25 offers, including UGA, and Wofford said LSU may be next. Alabama will be scouting his next game.

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— By Michael Carvell, AJC’s Recruiting Blog

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