“It was real fun because it taught me a lot of things and made me more aware about college,” Thomas said. “I got to see how they work and practice and all that. It was a very good experience.”
Despite being one of the youngest players in attendance, Thomas worked his way into the top group for Coach Rodney Garner using the power of a 6-2, ½, 243 frame to go along with the quickness to rush the passer from the edge or in the middle. That trust and respect earned on Sunday was a big deal said Thomas.
“It was very important,” Thomas said. “It showed me that I’m not an average football player. I can do things with the seniors and juniors that are supposed to be better than me. I’m up there with them and I’m happy that God gave me this gift.”
While the camp was an opportunity for Thomas to showcase his skills for Rodney Garner and the Auburn staff, it was also a chance to improve his game heading into his sophomore season for the Poets. A team with plenty of young talent, Sidney Lanier will have the luxury of having a very talented defensive lineman on its roster that is determined to become a great player.
“He’s a good coach,” Thomas said of Garner. “He taught me a lot of things like keeping my head down and do anything I can to get to the quarterback. That’s what I love to do. This was a good experience.”
Spending time with Garner and Will Muschamp following his camp experience, Thomas said both told him he had a good day and they’re going to keep watching him. While they didn’t extend an offer, he said it felt good to get positive talk from the veteran defensive coaches.
“I’m hoping to get the offer soon,” Thomas said. “I have offers from Kentucky, North Carolina and Mississippi State right now. Getting an Auburn offer would be huge because they’re a great team. They’re the best and I really would love an offer from them.”