Last Saturday’s game for the Florida Gators was a good opportunity to have a lot of recruits in the Swamp to see a good game and a good homecoming crowd and the recruits showed up in a big way.
2019 LSU offensive line commit Kardell Thomas (6-4, 320, Baton Rouge, LA Southern Lab) was in the Swamp and he got a chance to see two teams that he’s very interested in.
“I liked everything. This is my second time visiting, but my first game,” Thomas said of Saturday’s visit. “It’s still going out here right now. I just like the feel of it.”
This was Thomas’ first game in the Swamp and he learned a lot about the Gators atmosphere on Saturday’s and the fan base.
“I learned that Florida, when they lose, they stick together,” he said on what he got out of Saturday’s visit. “ They don’t get down. They stand up like a family, which I would love to do.”
Before Saturday’s game Thomas had the chance to speak with several of Florida’s coaches who told him what to watch for during the game.
“They was like, ‘Watch us work,” Thomas said of Florida’s message to him on Saturday. “We’re gonna show you how it goes down in Gainesville.’”
Offensive line coach Brad Davis and linebackers coach Tim Skipper have both been recruiting Thomas and they have a message for the big lineman.
“Basically the recruiting pitch is to be different, leave home,” he said on Florida’s message about needing him at Florida. “Some of them said it’s the best thing that ever happened to them when they left their hometown and came here.”
Thomas has connected with Davis a lot recently and he likes the coach’s straight up mentality when dealing with his players.
“He’s gonna tell how he feels,” Thomas said on Brad Davis. “He doesn’t care how you’re playing. He’s gonna let you know what he’s gonna do before he does it, and then he actually does it.”
The LSU commit says that Florida isn’t the only school he plans to visit as he wants to see several other teams.
“Clemson, Oklahoma, Bama, LSU and I’ll probably try to come to Florida/Georgia,” Thomas said on other visits.
Despite the visits, Thomas remains committed to LSU and he says that’s home for him.
“That’s my home team,” he said on where he stands with LSU. “We always gonna be good, because that’s my home.”
INSIDERS TAKE: Brad Davis coached and taught at Thomas’ high school so there is a connection there and that has helped get Thomas on campus multiple times already. It will be tough to beat LSU here but the Gators are most likely team number two for Thomas.