Dominant Georgia defender Adonis Thomas unveiled a trimmed collection of top contenders for his commitment Monday. The 4-star linebacker used Twitter to reveal 10 programs he views as favorites at this stage in his recruiting process.
Florida, UCLA, Alabama, Stanford, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt, Notre Dame, Georgia, Georgia Tech, and Florida State survived the cut, though it's difficult to be entirely certain Thomas has permanently eliminated other possibilities. Teams left out of his top 10 include Ohio State, Texas and Tennessee.
The 6'4", 215-pound prospect plays for Central Gwinnett High School in Lawrenceville, Ga. The Black Knights struggled last season, winning just two games, but Thomas still commanded a spotlight.
He collected 56 tackles and three sacks during his junior campaign, per MaxPreps.com. Thomas added four offensive touchdowns, lining up at receiver.
His eye-opening efforts extend into the offseason circuit. Last weekend, Thomas turned heads at the Atlanta Nike Football Training Camp.
Scout.com reporter Chad Simmons rated him as a top performer at the star-studded event.
Thomas always passes the eye test and he passed other tests at the NFTC. He was very good in space, he looked comfortable, and his leadership stood out to Scout as well. He got his hands on a few passes, he showed he could sit down in his zone or run with the opponent.
Thomas is rated the nation's No. 16 outside linebacker recruit in 247Sports' composite rankings. He's listed as the No. 20 overall player in talent-laden Georgia.
His recent visits include a pair of junior days—at Florida and Miami—and trips to Vanderbilt and Georgia. He plans to spend significant time with the Gators in coming weeks.
"I'm going to Florida next week, Alabama the week after that and Florida (again) for the spring game," Thomas told SB Nation writer Bud Elliott on Monday.
Head coach Will Muschamp has made Thomas a primary priority on defense during this recruiting cycle. However, Florida fans shouldn't get too excited about the prospects of an upcoming commitment just yet.
Thomas has an extensive list of campuses he intends to visit this summer. Gainesville is on the agenda, but the competition is stiff.
"I'm going to try to go to Georgia, Florida, UCLA, Stanford and Texas A&M, too," he told SB Nation.
It's difficult to truly delve through Thomas' top contenders when at least 10 teams still remain in the mix. But when a prospect is dealing with dozens of offers, a whittled down list is certainly worth exploring.
For now, an impressive group of programs remains solidly in the hunt for one of America's most impressive defensive prospects.