by Jeff Barlis
Dozens of high school basketball teams visited the University of Florida for camps last week. At the same time, the Will Muschamp Football Camp was in full swing.
So there were lots of big men on campus.
It would have been very easy to look at Jhaustin Thomas and assume he was a power forward. But he’s a defensive end from Decatur, Ga., Columbia High School.
Thomas (6-foot-6, 233 pounds) participated in the football camp last Friday, June 17. He enjoyed working out in The Swamp, spent time with his recruiter, UF tight ends coach Derek Lewis, and then went up to the football offices to talk to the coaches.
“They told me I need to focus more on football,” he said. “Because I play basketball. I need to focus on football because that’s where I’m going to make my bread.”
Thomas said the Gator coaches expressed how much they like him as a prospect. He has a verbal scholarship offer, but they didn’t press him to commit.
Florida appears to have several other prospects that are higher on their board, but Thomas could become a factor.
He says Florida and South Carolina are his top two schools. He plans to take his five official visits this fall and will likely decide after the season.