Thomas Impressed With Return Trip To Auburn

Big class of 2015 offensive lineman Garrett Thomas talks about his return visit to check out the Auburn Tigers.

Many, La.--Grabbing an offer from the Auburn Tigers following a visit for a junior day last April, three-star offensive tackle Garrett Thomas made a return trip to the Plains on Saturday to learn more about one of the schools high on his list.

Spending time with Gus Malzahn and offensive line coach J.B. Grimes on his trip, the 6-6, 315 Thomas said seeing Auburn gave him good feelings all over again.

"It was a lot better because I really got more in-depth talking with the coaches," Thomas said. "I really got to learn more about them and the program and what they do there. I also got to learn how much I mean to them and things like that."

One of the things Auburn talked about with Thomas was the story of an offensive tackle from Louisiana who played his way into one of the top players in the country this season. Now on the cusp of being taken in the first round of the NFL Draft, Greg Robinson is a shining example for Thomas to see about what can happen for an offensive tackle from Louisiana at Auburn.

"That was something they were talking to me about earlier," Thomas said. "Their last O-Lineman out of Louisiana was him. Look at what he's doing. That's really impressive to me. Maybe it's something I could do someday."

Robinson was part of an offense that put up huge numbers in 2013 as the Tigers finished 12-2 and won the SEC Championship. Much of that came on the ground with the offensive line paving the way. Thomas said that really stood out to him when he watched Auburn play this past year.

"They really impressed me this year with what they did," Thomas said. "It was a great season for them. I learned a lot about what they do in terms of running the football, that's what I really like. I was impressed with it."

Expected to sign a very small offensive line class this year, Auburn is putting a big emphasis on 2015 with four and possibly five players to be signed next year. That's something that Thomas said is exciting for him as is the possibility of playing for Grimes.

"Coach Grimes has been really good to me throughout this whole thing," Thomas said. "He has been a good man. He's my lead recruiter. He hasn't really urged me to go there, but he has said he really believes it would be a good fit for me, the best fit. He's really impressed with me and would like me to go there.

"He has told me I'm a real priority for them," he added. "That's really what I'm looking for, somewhere that values me."

Hearing a lot from Auburn, Stanford, LSU, Louisiana Tech, Texas A&M, Alabama and several others and with offers from Auburn, Michigan, Mississippi State, Vanderbilt, TCU, Louisiana Tech, Miami and Oklahoma State, Thomas said at the moment the Tigers are the early leader but he's still pretty wide open with a full year before he has to make a decision.

"I really like Auburn right now, but I'm not to the point of narrowing anything down," Thomas said. "I'm probably going to do my best to get back there this spring."

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