The Florida Gators have plucked their second highly-touted recruit out of Georgia in as many days. On Thursday it was offensive guard Mike Horton, and on Friday Horton’s former teammate, 4-star linebacker Adonis Thomas, pledged himself to the Gator Nation.
The decision came down to Florida and Alabama, and, according to Thomas, UF’s academics are what put the Gators over the top.
“Florida’s degree is respected nationally than Alabama’s,” he said. “It’s a top 15 school in the country. Academics are really important to me. My mom told me to choose a school that I can play football at as well as get a strong education.
“This week, it was pretty even between Alabama and Florida. I was actually leaning more toward Alabama until I really gave it some thought. I thought about life after football, so I decided I wanted to go to Florida instead.”
In Thomas, Florida lands the country’s No. 10 ranked outside linebacker, who, according to ESPN, possesses “a freakish size to speed combination” with “through the roof” potential. ESPN grades Thomas out at an 84/100, tying him with fellow OLB commit Jerome Baker as the Gators’ top prospects.
Thomas’ decision is a welcome tourniquet for a UF class that has suffered a rash of decommitments over the past two weeks. Florida now has 10 commitments for its 2015 recruiting class.