Central Gwinnett High School linebacker Adonis Thomas became the second Atlanta area player to pledge to Florida in as many days as he committed to the Gators Friday night. Thomas joins offensive lineman Mike Horton as Georgians to give their verbal to Florida.
— Woody Wommack (@RivalsWoody) August 1, 2014
At 6-3.5, 229 pounds, Thomas has nearly ideal size for a linebacker. He shows the speed to get to the quarterback off the edge as well as the ability to cover running backs and tight ends. He’s tenacious and shows good tackling ability. Thomas’ ball skills are decent as well, as he plays wide receiver for the Black Knights.
Thomas is one of the highest rated linebackers of the 2015 recruiting class. 247Sports composite rankings have him as a four-star prospect, ranked as the 10th-best OLB, 18th Georgian, and 168th player overall in the class. The battle for his services were widely seen as a Florida-Alabama skirmish, and Thomas chose the Gators. He was also considering Georgia and Notre Dame.
The linebacker fills a position of need due to the fact that Florida didn’t sign a LB in last year’s class. Now, Thomas is the second of his position on the board for the Gators in this year’s class, joining fellow four-star LB Jerome Baker. Thomas is the 10th player to commit to the Gators and fourth in the past week as Florida replenishes their class following four decommitments in 10 days. He could also be the beginning of a very special class that could include DEs CeCe Jefferson and Byron Cowart, along with OL Martez Ivey. Even though UF has one of the smaller classes in the 2015 recruiting cycle, they could end up with one of the best down the line.