Seminole County: Lions' Thomas has come a long way from concussion

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Critics are predicting a lopsided loss for the University of Central Florida against No. 2 ranked Texas today.

But the Knights could still win a more important victory, landing Oviedo defensive lineman Marcus Thomas, who lost some weight in the off-season and has been playing linebacker for the .

Thomas, who played a strong hand in helping the Lions thwart Winter Springs 33-13 to win the Class 5A, District 3 title Friday, said after the game that UCF is at the top of his list.

"Right now, UCF," Thomas said of his top choices. "I like the way I get along with the coaches, and I would like to stay around in Florida. I know Blake [Bortles] is going and he's a very good leader, and I'd love to follow him."

Thomas, ranked No. 24 on the Sentinel's top 100 Central Florida recruits said he's gotten interest from the University of Kentucky and West Virginia as well.

"I still haven't made a solid decision yet, but I have been talking to Kentucky a lot on the phone, and I've been to a couple UCF games," Thomas said. "They gave me a few free tickets and all that. And I talked to West Virginia on the phone, and that's about all for right now."

Other standout performances and highlights in Seminole County from top recruits:

  • Oviedo QB Blake Bortles (No. 7) had 101 passing yards and one touchdown throw.
  • Seminole DE Charles Green (No. 70) sacked Lyman's Nate Rawlins in the endzone for a safety.
  • Lake Howell LB Christian Jones (No. 1) threw two touchdown passes of 30 and 53 yards. Jones took an official visit to Alabama on Saturday and has just two official visits left.
Sentinel staff writer Sam Gardner contributed to this report.