February 27, 2012

Country Day's Poet Thomas enjoys Spartan visit

One of the most intriguing prospects for the class of 2013 is 6-foot-6, 295-pound Poet Thomas of Detroit Country Day School. Thomas has the ability to play on either side of the line and recently picked up offers from the Florida Gators and Colorado Buffalos. Thomas was in East Lansing this weekend attending Michigan State’s Junior Day. SpartanMag.com was able to catch up with Thomas and got the latest details on his recruitment.

“Yes I was up at Michigan State yesterday,” Thomas said. “It went great. I really liked what I saw up there. The campus was really nice and I was impressed with the facilities, especially where the football players hangout.”

Thomas has seen his recruitment take off the past few weeks. Back in January he held only and offer from Toledo. However, in February the Florida Gatos threw their hat in the ring and that got everyone’s attention. Colorado followed suit and Michigan State and numerous other Big ten teams are seriously evaluating Thomas. We asked him about speaking with the Spartan coaches.

“I talked with my recruiting coach,” Brad Salem. “He told all about Michigan State and what is going on there. He also said that the offensive line coach likes me a lot on film and they could have a few spots opening up in my class and I am the type of guy they are looking for.”

Thomas has been hearing from a lot of schools the last few weeks and he updated us on his scholarship offers and the schools showing him the most interest at this point.

“I have the offers from Toledo, Florida and Colorado. I am also hearing from Wisconsin, Michigan, Notre Dame, Miami, Syracuse, Nebraska, Georgia tech, South Carolina, Arizona State and Florida State”.

Being a player from Detroit County Day School Thomas informed Spartanmag.com that he is familiar with a current player and he has been on campus to see Michigan State in action.

“I know wide receiver Bennie Fowler, Thomas said. I was up at Michigan State for the Michigan game this past fall; that was crazy”

Michigan State really needs to address the tackle position and several of the top recruit on the Midwest are already off the board. Thomas is intriguing because he may have as much if not more upside that many other tackle prospects in the Midwest. Thomas is extremely agile for a player his size and his long wingspan is what coaches like to see in tackle prospects.

SpartanMag.com will continue to keep in contact with Thomas in the coming weeks. We fully expect his offer list to expand throughout the spring and for the Spartans to have him back on campus to check out a practice session and attend the Green and White Game

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