Will Bama commit still visit UGA? (UPDATED)

Ex-Florida ILB recruit Adonis Thomas (AJC)

Ex-Florida ILB recruit Adonis Thomas (AJC)

  • UPDATE: Will Adonis Thomas still visit UGA after abruptly committing to Alabama on Monday night? The 4-star linebacker from Central Gwinnett High School pledged to the Crimson Tide during an in-home visit with coach Nick Saban. “I didn’t know that was the plan (to commit tonight), but I always felt like Alabama was his destination,” Central Gwinnett coach Todd Wofford told the AJC. “That was great for Adonis.” What about the official visit to UGA for this weekend? “He is set up to go to UGA on Friday,” Wofford said. “They’re supposed to come by here tomorrow. We’ll see how that goes, based on his announcement today. I think he would like to go just because he set the trip up. If they (UGA) don’t want to do it, that’s fine. I think that would probably be the only trip he would take, if he takes it. That will be based on UGA, more than anything. We’ll see.”

It may be a long shot, but UGA will at least get a shot at Adonis Thomas, the 4-star inside linebacker from Central Gwinnett High School.

Thomas, who is rated as the state’s No. 19 overall prospect and de-committed from Florida shortly before Will Muschamp was fired, has agreed to take an official visit to UGA this weekend.

“They’re really making an effort to get Adonis there on an official visit, and he’s going,” Central Gwinnett coach Todd Wofford told the AJC on Monday. “Adonis talked with his mom, and they’re going down on Friday.”

UGA assistant Bryan McClendon will be at Central Gwinnett on Tuesday. What’s the sales pitch by the Bulldogs?

“It’s ‘Come see and us; I know we’ve been back and forth throughout the process with him,’” Wofford said. “They want to get him over there so he can see everything again.

“They’ve got Roquan Smith and some other guys coming in there this weekend for official visits. I think UGA knows that Roquan and Adonis are pretty close and pretty good friends.”

Even though Thomas is rated as an outside linebacker by the major recruiting services, he is being courted to play inside linebacker by UGA and Alabama, among others.

“Georgia is losing both of its seniors at inside linebacker, so that’s an opportunity to get on the field fast for Adonis,” Wofford said.

UGA got off to a slow start with Thomas because the Bulldogs waited much longer to offer than his other favorites. UGA also stopped recruiting Thomas after he committed to Florida.

What are UGA’s chances now? “It’s hard to say,” Wofford said. “They’ve got ground to make it up, I guess you could say, because Alabama never stopped recruiting him after he committed to Florida. But they (UGA) do have an advantage in that he has been there a few times. So it’s not like they are starting from scratch completely.”

Alabama's Nick Saban (AP)

Alabama’s Nick Saban (AP)

Nick Saban will make an in-home visit with Thomas on late Monday. It’s part of an Atlanta recruiting swing for Saban, who will also visit on Monday with two Alabama commits – offensive lineman Dallas Warmack of Mays High School and defensive back Montrell Custis of Lovejoy High School.

“Saban wanted to be the first head coach, before anybody else, in his home,” Wofford said. “The rest of the coaches won’t be on the road until later on. But Saban wanted to be the first one in here.”

The 6-foot-3, 225-pound Thomas will take official visits to Alabama and LSU next month. There’s also a good chance he could tour Florida, depending on which assistants are hired on defense.

“Florida came in and was here a long time last Thursday,” Wofford said. “He’s going to wait to see how that goes. He could end up taking an official visit there before signing day once they get everything settled.”


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— By Michael Carvell, AJC’s Recruiting Blog

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