Out of Lawrenceville (Ga.) Central Gwinnett, Adonis Thomas is one of the best linebackers in the Southeast. The four-star set out to prove just that Sunday at the Atlanta stop of the Nike Football Recruit Training Camp Tour. The 6'4, 215-pounder was excited to compete.
"It's really big. That's why I'm here, to compete," Thomas said. "We all know each other because we played in the Georgia Rising Seniors game. We're all cool, but at the same time, when it's time to compete, it's time to go."
What makes Thomas confident in his abilities?
"My speed, definitely my speed," Thomas said. "And my recognition. I can read a play real fast."
Thomas has offers from almost every major school in the country, but a few stand out at this point.
"Florida, Alabama, UCLA, Stanford, Texas A&M, Georgia," Thomas said. He also noted that he has not talked with Ohio State recently.
"I've always been a fan of Florida football, and I grew up a Miami fan, but at the same time I watched Florida and Florida State," Thomas said of his rooting interests growing up.
What sticks out about the Florida Gators?
"The way they're recruiting me," Thomas said. "They have good DCs. Coach Muschamp is a DC, and Coach Durkin is a DC."
Georgia defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt, recently hired from Florida State, is also making a difference.
"Coach Pruitt is changing the defense," Thomas said. "He loves speed, so I think I fit there, too."
"Georgia and Florida are recruiting me to play all four linebacker positions, but I'm playing middle this year," he added.
Thomas is lining up some visit plans.
"I'm going to Florida next week, Alabama the week after that and Florida (again) for the spring game," Thomas said.
And he wants to see even more schools over the summer and fall.
"I'm going to try to go to Georgia, Florida, UCLA, Stanford and Texas A&M, too," Thomas said of his plans over the summer, but noted that some of the trips are far away and might have to wait until he takes his official visits.
What will it take for a school to land Thomas' commitment?
"Academics come first, and having my mom out there and making sure she's confident in my choice," Thomas said of the factors that matter in his recruitment. "I'm going to be a C.P.A. I want my own business. I like math."
Given that he wants to take all of his official visits, Thomas won't be committing anytime soon. He wants to do it on National Signing Day, or perhaps slightly before at a postseason All-Star game.