Florida football recruiting: Gators make top ten for top-5 OT in 2025

Solomon Thomas finishes a block versus a defender during Raines' spring game versus Terry Parker.
Solomon Thomas finishes a block versus a defender during Raines' spring game versus Terry Parker. /

Florida football recruiting is on a mission to secure the top recruiting class in the country in the 2025 cycle.

They currently boast the third-best class in the country in the 2024 class and want to roll that momentum over to the next several years.

The Gators are starting to see themselves making the finalists for more and more of the best players in the country, including one of the best offensive tackles in the nation.

Solomon Thomas recently announced his top ten schools and the Gators made the cut.

Other schools on his list include Georgia, FSU, Miami, LSU, and others.

Florida football recruiting: Potential for an in-state battle

Thomas plays his high school ball at Raines, in Jacksonville. This has led to the Big 3 in the state of Florida being all over him from the very beginning, and those three schools are currently at the top of the pole for Solomon per On3’s RPM.

FSU has a big lead with a 95.3% chance to land him currently, followed by the Gators at 2.1% and Miami at 1.2%.

The Gators have received the most visits of any school from Thomas so far with four, and an official visit is in the works.

Solomon is rated as the 31st-best player in the country per On3’s Industry Ranking, and the third-best OT in 2025.

What the Florida-Georgia game showed us yesterday is that the Gators are a couple of years away from competing with the best teams in the country at the line of scrimmage. They need to recruit those spots at a high level consistently to catch up.

Landing a guy like Thomas would be a big piece of the Gators’ OL recruiting, and could trigger a domino effect.

Napier will have to fight off Mike Norvell and Mario Cristobal for Solomon, and I like his odds in that fight.

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