Niceville High Standout Checks Out Auburn Football's Big Cat Weekend

Class of 2018 football prospect Juanyeh Thomas gives his take on Auburn and Big Cat Weekend.

Niceville, Fla.-- Juanyeh Thomas made it clear he felt at home Saturday during Big Cat Weekend--so much so he thought about committing while visiting with Auburn's coaching staff.

“Today just made me feel more at home,” Thomas said. “If people would go to Niceville and come back here, they would be like this is the same thing, and the same town, the same tradition as far as sports,” Thomas said. “Today, I felt at home. I felt free.”

The six foot two, 192-pound cornerback would not list the Tigers as an official leader, but did say that it was down to the Tigers, Florida, and Georgia Tech.

“I can say who is recruiting me the most, Auburn, but I don’t have an official leader yet,” he said. “It’s a toss-up between all three of them. If I went to another campus, I’d have something great to say and like I said, Auburn gives me that home feeling.”

As for the competing schools, the Niceville native said, “Florida and Georgia Tech and some other schools are on the radar, but I’m not going to say much about them.”

When asked to compare Auburn to the other two in his top three, he continued to stress that Auburn felt like his home, Niceville. “The difference between Auburn and Florida is that Auburn is more closely related to Niceville and that’s a plus in my recruitment.”

He said that he will be going to visit Florida and Georgia Tech sometime in July. He also plans to return to Auburn soon after he completes several seven-on-seven camps this summer.

“Basically, I pray to God to show me when it’s that time to commit so I’m just waiting on coming back to Auburn again and I think the next time I come I’ll have my decision made,” Thomas said.

He was at Big Cat Weekend with his high school defensive backs coach and his mom.

When asked how hard his former high school teammate, Eli Stove, is recruiting him, he said. “He’s just telling me to wait and see how it is then to make the decision.”

Despite focusing on how much at home Thomas felt, he was asked about the best part of the weekend. He said, “The best part about today was bonding with other players coming in, people in the same group as me.”

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