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Monday, July 29, 2013
Another Georgia standout on OSU's radar

By Brad Bournival

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Could there be a pipeline that leads from Lawrenceville, Ga., to Columbus?

That remains to be seen, but Ohio State made an impression at its Friday Night Lights camp with athlete Adonis Thomas (Lawrenceville, Ga./Central Gwinnett).

Thomas is a 6-foot-3, 195-pound junior mainly being recruited as a linebacker. He was a teammate of ESPN 150 inside linebacker and Ohio State freshman Trey Johnson.

Thomas attended along with coach Todd Wofford and had nothing but positive things to say about the Buckeyes.

“It’s pretty nice,” Thomas said. “I like it already. They have a lot of good players.

“I talked to Trey before he left. He’s kind of my big brother. He tells me what I can do. I knew I’d make the trip. When the coaches asked me, I was like, ‘Most definitely.’ ”

While Thomas was pulled from competition during the Friday Night Lights workout, it was more for precautionary reasons as the high school season is around the corner and he wanted to avoid injury. When Thomas was competing, he was on top of his game and dominating the competition.

With offers from Cincinnati, Louisville, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Virginia Tech, he’s already showing how strong he can be and how bright a future he has.

“I’m a versatile linebacker who can play the run, the pass, zone and blitz at the same time,” he said. “They’re mainly recruiting me there [at linebacker].”

Thomas, who also could grow into a defensive end, knows the second he picks up an offer, Johnson will be in his ear about the Buckeyes. He also knows an offer from Ohio State would mean a lot.

“It would be big,” Thomas said. “Especially when coaches are watching me do what I do live.”