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Rivals100 ATH visits Florida

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A number of top recruits made the trip down to Gainesville over the weekend for the Gator's Friday Night Lights Showcase. One of those in attendance was Rivals100 athlete Lamaar Thomas out of Fort Washington (Md.) Friendly.
"It went really well," he said. "I had a great time and it was fun, although really hot. I've got to get used to the heat.
"I just went to the Friday Night Lights and then had to head out early the next day since my team was participating in a seven-on-seven. The camp was good though. There was a lot of competition there. That was the best part."
Did the 5-foot-11, 181-pounder get to talk to the coaches?
"When I was there I talked to coach Meyer during the camp," he said. "Basically we talked off the field with Joe Haden and he was joking about how he had to get me on campus and me being a Gator. He also just asked if I was enjoying my time there.
"On Monday, I talked with coach Gonzales a bit. He said he really liked my athleticism."
Certainly the visit impressed Thomas, but where do they stand now for his services?
"I never really had Florida numbered since I hadn't visited there yet," he said. "I only numbered schools I had been to, but I'd still say they are in my top three along with Ohio State and Illinois."
The top prospect in Maryland discussed what makes the other two schools stand out.
"I felt real comfortable at Ohio State and learned a lot up there," he said. "I gained a relationship with a lot of the players they are recruiting.
"Illinois is one of the schools that has been around since the beginning. They are recruiting me as a running back and want to use me in their spread offense. They are also an up and coming program. I like my coach and recruiter, Mike Locksley a lot too."
Thomas plans to head on one more visit before the season finishes up.
"I think I'm going to try to visit Tennessee, but I'm not sure on the date," he said. "I think it may be on August 11th possibly.
"That'll be my last unofficial and then from there I'll narrow my choices down to three schools and go on officials."
What does the No. 6 athlete in the country like about the Volunteers?
"I just want to go down there and try to get pretty familiar with the coaches," he said. "I want to see if they can make a difference in what I'm thinking.
"I like Tennessee because they think I'm a versatile player. They believe I can play both sides of the ball at their school and be used in multiple positions. That's great for me to think about and that is kind of what I've wanted to do from the beginning.
"That's the reason I'm looking at Illinois a lot too, while Ohio State and Florida are looking at me more as a wide receiver."
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