What Florida is getting in Thomas

New Florida linebacker commit Adonis Thomas (6-3, 219, Lawrenceville, GA Central Gwinnett) fills a big need for Florida at the linebacker position, especially since the Gators didn’t sign one last year.

Gator Country sat down with Thomas’ head coach Todd Wofford to get his take on Thomas a player.

Wofford first talked about the strengths of Thomas as a linebacker and how athletic he is for a big guy.

“His biggest strength, right now, that everybody wants is his versatility,” Wofford said. “He’s athletic for his size at 6-4, 220 and running a consistent 4.5 forty. He can do a lot of things and brings a lot to the table so you can move him around and project him down the line to being possibly 240-245. He can rush off of the edge or put him inside depending on his size.”

Will Muschamp is known for playing his linebackers at different positions and Wofford believes that Thomas fits that mold really well.

“They told have him he can play them all Sam or Will,” Wofford said. “If he grows into it and gains that extra weight he could even be a BUCK. That’s the thing that’s appealing about Adonis.

Like any other high school player that makes the jump to SEC football, Thomas has a few things to improve on according to Wofford.

“The biggest thing for him to improve on is experience and reps,” Wofford said. “Early in his career he played safety but as he’s gotten bigger he’s moved closer to the ball. So just reps and like everyone else getting bigger, stronger and faster.”

Muschamp has been trying to clean up his locker room and recruit top notch people off the field and that’s exactly how you would describe Thomas.

“He’s a great character kid, a 3.4 GPA student,” Wofford said. “He’s a very coachable kid that’s a ‘yes sir’, ‘no sir’ type of person. He’s a great teammate that’s always trying to help the other guys. Overall he’s just a good kid.”


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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.