Ocala tackle Tommy Kinsler, who decommitted from Gators, says he'll make decision July 28

John Patton
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Trinity Catholic senior offensive tackle Tommy Kinsler said he will decide between Florida, Florida State and Miami on July 28, his mother’s birthday.

Speaking before North Central Florida Media Day on Monday at Hotel Indigo in Gainesville, Kinsler said he couldn’t say he had a favorite at this point, but wanted to make it clear that just because he decommitted from UF on July 2 doesn’t mean he won’t potentially rejoin Billy Napier’s 2023 class.

“I feel like I rushed the process" when he committed on June 19,” said Kinsler, a 6-foot-7, 335-pound three-star offensive tackle/guard. “I wanted to look around more."

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Tommy Kinsler works on a drill during practice at Trinity Catholic High School in Ocala, on Aug. 13, 2021.

His sister, Jalaysha Thomas, played basketball for UF.

A Gator fan since childhood, Kinsler announced his decommitment soon after he visited Miami, leading to speculation the Hurricanes were his future destination. 

However, Kinsler said UF, UM and FSU all continue to be in the mix for him, adding that he has “great bonds” with all three coaching staffs. He has visited nearby Gainesville often through the years and went to FSU for its spring game. He also visited Rutgers according to 247Sports. 

Kinsler, ranked the No. 85 offensive tackle in the 2023 class in 247Sports’ composite rankings, added that Napier was understanding about decommitting and the feelings remain positive both ways.

When asked if NIL packages would play a major role where he signs, Kinsler said it would matter but added he considers that no more or less of a factor than his relationship with coaches and his love of a school.

“They’re all about the same,” Kinsler said. “I’m undecided right now.”

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