It’s no secret that the Gators new football coaching staff is in a proverbial pickle. With eight commits in the fold a mere two weeks from national signing day, the Gators need some momentum. And they need it fast.
One player in particular the staff would love to flip is Lawrenceville (GA) Central Gwinett linebacker Adonis Thomas (6-3 230) an Alabama commit. He could very well be the bell cow that could jump start that momentum for the Gators.
The consensus four star recruit is currently committed to Alabama but previously was a Gator commit. With the uncertainty surrounding Will Muschamp, who was ultimately fired, Thomas decommitted from Florida and later chose Alabama, his original runner-up school.
With the Gators low on depth after taking no linebackers in last year’s recruiting cycle, it’s imperative that they bring in 2-3 this cycle but, unfortunately, their board has shrunk to minimalist proportions. Four star linebacker Roquan Smith eliminated the Gators from his list of final teams on Tuesday and Jeffrey Holland appears headed to Auburn at this point.
So, against this backdrop, new head coach Jim Mcelwain has chosen to amp up the pressure on Thomas to try to flip him back to the Gators. McElwain visited Thomas at his school on Tuesday with both defensive coordinator Geoff Collins and linebackers coach Randy Shannon in tow.
The visit was sort of a meet and greet for Coach Mac and Shannon as they had previously never met Adonis. Collins, on the other hand, recruited Thomas while at Mississippi State and appears to have a decent relationship with him.
The meeting went well by all reports and the staff is hoping they can secure a visit from him before signing day.
“Adonis is still deciding on whether or not he will take an official to Florida,” Thomas’ High school coach Todd Wofford said in am interview with Andrew Spivey of Gatorcountry.com. “He needs to talk to his mom either tonight or tomorrow about whether or not he will take one or not. I think they had talked about taking an official this weekend so we will see.”
Considering he originally chose Florida over Bama, and considering the relative depth charts of the two schools, Florida may not have to work as hard as logic might suggest.
Alabama is loaded, Florida is not. When Adonis chose Florida initially, it wasn’t a rash decision. It was well thought out and both he and his mom raved about the school and it’s academics.
It helps that Adonis knows Collins and likes him, otherwise it’d be real tough to build enough of a relationship from scratch in two weeks to secure a commitment.
It’s still going to be very tough with so little time before signing day but Gator fans will find out real quickly what kind of recruiting prowess this staff possesses.
Stay tuned to Swamp Music as we countdown to signing day.