2014 DE picks up a Florida offer

Florida’s coaches have been on the road this week, and they have been evaluating some of the top underclassmen in the country.

On Monday, Gators cornerbacks coach Travaris Robinson visited 2014 Miami (Fla.) Booker T. Washington defensive end Chad Thomas at his school and had some news for the junior.

“Coach T-Rob offered me a scholarship to Florida,” Thomas said. “He was by my school and told my coach that.”

The 6-foot-4, 225-pound Thomas visited UF last July for Friday Night Lights and was one of the top performers during the event.

Ever since Thomas left Friday Night Lights, he has been waiting on this offer from Florida and it finally came on Monday.

“To be offered by Florida means a lot,” Thomas said. “I felt like I worked hard in the season and at the Friday Night Lights camp last year. I’m just thankful that I got offers from the big three in Florida. It’s a blessing to me.”

While Thomas doesn’t know much about the Gators, he was able to talk to UF coach Will Muschamp at Friday Night Lights and he knows about the defense at Florida.

“Florida has a really good defense,” Thomas said. “Florida is a powerful program and their defense is getting better and better each year. They have a fast and physical style of defense at Florida with coach Muschamp.”

Thomas says a visit to Gainesville is very likely. During his junior campaign, Thomas had 54 tackles and 4.5 sacks from defensive end position while forcing and recovering a fumble.

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Andrew Spivey
Andrew always knew he wanted to be involved with sports in some capacity. He began by coaching high school football for six years before deciding to pursue a career in journalism. While coaching, he was a part of two state semifinal teams in the state of Alabama. Given his past coaching experience, he figured covering recruiting would be a perfect fit. He began his career as an intern for Rivals.com, covering University of Florida football recruiting. After interning with Rivals for six months, he joined the Gator Country family as a recruiting analyst. Andrew enjoys spending his free time on the golf course and watching his beloved Atlanta Braves. Follow him on Twitter at @AndrewSpiveyGC.