August 14, 2012

Thomas still on Spartan radar


One of the top uncommitted prospects in the state of Michigan for the class of 2013 is offensive tackle Poet Thomas of Detroit Country Day School. SpartanMag.com spoke with him and got the latest news on his recruitment.

Thomas is a player that many schools, especially Michigan State, are looking forward to seeing play this fall. He already has a solid list of scholarship offers on the table and that could increase this fall. Throw in the fact that he has legitimate Division1 offensive tackle size and it is no surprise that he has several heavyweight programs interested. Thomas talked about his recruitment with SpartanMag.com

"I am hearing from a lot of schools," he stated. "Texas A&M has recently gotten in touch with me and they are very interested. I received an offer from SMU and they think I can come down there and make an impact early on. Kansas is the most recent team to offer me a scholarship. I am also hearing from Colorado and Florida plus Western Michigan and Eastern Michigan. Michigan State has kept in contact and they want to evaluate me this fall."

Thomas is working hard getting ready for his senior season. We asked him about his off-season training and the how things look for the fall for Country Day.

"I have been working really hard this summer," Thomas said. "I am 6-foot-7, 295-pounds. I lost some weight and then gained it back in muscle. I am in the best shape I have ever been. I am really looking forward to the season. We have some very talented players on our team and we all have been putting in a lot of hard work to make this season successful. I am really excited; we have a scrimmage this week against North Farmington and then open up next week against Mumford."

With a solid list of offers already on the table we asked Thomas about his time-table for making his decision.

"I am not in a hurry," he said. "I am going to get my highlight film out to some colleges and see what happens. I plan on taking a few official visits right after my season and then I will make my choice. I will also make some trips to some of the local colleges to go see some games this fall."

As SpartanMag.com has stated in the past, Thomas reminds us of former Michigan State offensive tackle J'Michael Deane. Deane came to East Lansing as a defensive tackle under John L. Smith and then was converted to offensive tackle by Coach Dantonio. By his senior year he was a solid starter for the Spartans 11-3 team in 2010 and has gone on to play for the Calgary Stampeders. The year spent at defensive tackle probably cost Deane an opportunity to be a 2-year starter. Thomas is a player that would red-shirt and then have the opportunity to work his way up the offensive line depth chart.

Another one of the positive aspects of Thomas' recruitment is that he comes from a successful program like Detroit Country Day. The Yellowjackets routinely play a solid schedule and have made several runs at the state championship under the direction of Coach Don Maclean. In addition, Country Day players are also usually very solid student-athletes and that is the case with Thomas as well. Current Spartan Bennie Fowler attended Country Day and he is primed for a breakout year.

SpartanMag.com will continue to follow the recruitment of Thomas as it unfolds this fall.

Matt Dorsey's Take: Thomas is easily one of the most intriguing prospects in the state of Michigan for the class of 2013. Having watched his film and seen him in camp he often flashes the type of ability you want in high-level BCS level prospects. If he is able to harness his athletic ability and continue to improve his overall strength he has an impressive upside. Deane, Peter Clifford and Ulish Booker were borderline BCS football prospects when they arrived in East Lansing. However, they all had the size and athletic ability. Thomas falls into that same category. The progress he shows from last fall to this fall should allow coaches from schools like Michigan State to make an accurate assessment of his potential at the next level.


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