2012 Athlete Adds Another SEC Offer

Prattville junior Justin Thomas added another SEC offer after taking a trip to Auburn on Monday.

Prattville, Ala.--The week just keeps getting better for 2012 athlete Justin Thomas as he makes the rounds and continues to rack up offers from major programs. Garnering an early offer from South Alabama, Thomas has followed with offers from both LSU and Alabama in recent days and on Monday added the Auburn Tiger to that list.

Taking an unofficial visit to the Plains to talk to the coaches and get a feel for the campus, Thomas got what he was looking for from coach Gene Chizik and his coaching staff.

"The visit was great," Thomas said. "We talked a little bit to see how things went. I'm just trying to see what is the best decision for me and where I want to go. I went to a camp earlier this summer at Auburn so it was my second time there.

"It meant a lot to me (he said of the Auburn offer)," he added. "It's hard to say what I'm going to do right now. I'm going to try to make the best decision for myself."

No stranger to Auburn growing up in Alabama and a fan of the Crimson Tide, Thomas said there's a lot to like about Auburn under Chizik at the moment.

"Everything is cool, calm, and collected," Thomas said. "Everything is like a family down there.

"I grew up following Alabama," he added. "As a choice it's not going to affect anything though. I just want to make the best decision for me."

Just heading into his junior year at Prattville, the 5-11, 185-pounder will be in his first season as a starter after playing behind LSU signee Sam Gibson last season. While he didn't start Thomas made an impact for the Lions as they had several ways to get him the football in the game.

Much of the reason for that is his speed, speed that will likely put him at a different position than quarterback on the next level. Reporting times in the 4.2 range from Auburn's camp this summer and routinely running 4.4 times in the 40-yard dash, Thomas will be one of the fastest players in Alabama the next two years.

With several offers in hand and a good knowledge about each of the schools, Thomas said he's planning to begin talking with his family and with his coaches about possibly making a decision.

"I want to get everything out of the way," Thomas said. "I think it would be nice to just get it behind me."

Being recruited by Auburn as an athlete, Thomas said that's fine with him and he realizes most schools may look at him that way but he prefers signal caller.

"I want to be recruited as a quarterback," Thomas said. "As of right now it's fine though."

Thomas said he's planning to come back to Auburn for both the Clemson and Arkansas games at Jordan-Hare Stadium this season.


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