One of the biggest needs in this class for the Florida Gators and Jim McElwain is linebackers and the Gators are out on the road this week trying to get prospects to visit Gainesville before signing day.
Tuesday morning saw the Gators send three coaches to visit former Florida commit and now Alabama linebacker commit Adonis Thomas (6-3, 219, Lawrenceville, GA Central Gwinnett) at his school.
“Coach McElwain, coach [Geoff] Collins and coach [Randy] Shannon all came by to visit with Adonis today,” Central Gwinnett head coach Todd Wofford said. “It went good, it was really just a first impression with Coach McElwain as they try to get to know each other and develop a relationship and also a first meeting with coach Shannon as well.”
The main agenda for this meeting was for McElwain to meet Thomas for the first time but also for the Gators to try and get an official visit from the Alabama commit.
“Adonis is still deciding on whether or not he will take an official to Florida,” Wofford said. “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.”
One familiar face during Tuesday’s meeting was defensive coordinator Geoff Collins and that is due to Collins recruiting Thomas at his previous coaching stop last spring.
“Coach Collins came by last week but Adonis had known him a little bit from earlier in the process when he was talking to Coach Collins about Mississippi State,” Wofford said. “Adonis has always had a good relationship with Coach Collins and has always liked him.”
According to Wofford the Gators are behind Alabama but the door isn’t completely shut on Florida getting back in the picture here as Thomas once fell in love with the Gators.
“It’s a situation where he likes Alabama and he likes Florida obviously because he was committed to them early on,” Wofford said. “It will be a matter of whether or not he can build a relationship with Florida or not. It’s a situation that is all about relationships.
INSIDERS TAKE: I think Thomas ends up taking an official visit to Florida but I still see him inking with the Crimson Tide on signing day.