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Monday, March 24, 2014
Early Offer: Family matters for Thomas

By Jeremy Crabtree

The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's regular feature, giving you a dose of recruiting in the mornings. Today’s offerings: As the center of an intense recruiting battle between Florida, Georgia, Ohio State, Texas and Texas A&M, a four-star linebacker will lean on those close to him when it comes time to make a decision; and two future SEC opponents took turns testing each other at Sunday’s Atlanta Nike Training Camp.

Thomas working on sorting it all out
When you have about 30 scholarship offers, it’s hard to sort out one school from another. That’s the dilemma ESPN Junior 300 linebacker prospect Adonis Thomas faces as he heads into the spring evaluation process. That’s why Thomas leans on people close to him for advice.

“My family and my coaches really help me, especially my coach (Todd Wofford),” Thomas said. “He really walks me through everything and helps my family understand what everything means. And I can talk to my family about anything. I really am going to lean on all of them when I’m ready to make a decision.”

Thomas was one of the stars of Sunday’s Nike Football Training Camp at Marietta (Ga.) Lassister High School, and before the event he broke down where he’s at with the recruiting process. Many believe his top group includes Florida, Georgia, Ohio State, Texas and Texas A&M, and his eyes really lit up when he talked about the Gators.

“I’ve been really high on the teams that have been recruiting me first and recruiting me the hardest,” Thomas said. “That’s Florida. Coach [D.J.] Durkin and [Will] Muschamp have been coming at me really hard for longer than anybody else.”

The future today
One of the neat things about events like Nike Football Training Camps is that you often get to see future opponents go head-to-head. That’s exactly what we saw a lot of on Sunday when four-star Tennessee receiver commitment Preston Williams repeatedly battled No. 1 cornerback and LSU pledge Kevin Toliver II in one-on-one drills. Both took turns besting each other on reps, including one round where Toliver gave Williams a nasty jam at the line of scrimmage that kept him from making a catch on a slant route. A turn later it was Williams who bested Toliver with a quickly release off the line of scrimmage. It wasn’t hard to envision the two going against each other in a few years under the lights in Death Valley or Neyland Stadium, wearing orange and white or purple and gold.