“I came up for my sister’s graduation,” Thomas said. “I contacted BYU’s O-line coach through twitter, and he thought that I should come up for an unofficial visit.”
Thomas took up the offer to come visit the campus already being in town. While on campus, Thomas was pleasantly surprised by what he saw, which strengthened his interest in BYU.
“Well first off I’m LDS and that’s a big part of why I like BYU,” Thomas said. “I always thought that BYU was a cool school my whole life. When I visited there they really blew it out of the water. The facilities are really nice and the academics are great and the campus is really nice. I just love it there now.”
A member of the 2017 recruiting class, Thomas has a nasty streak to him on the football field. He’s aggressive, plays with a lot of effort, and appears to be the type of offensive lineman Garett Tujague looks to coach on his offensive line.
“I’m a sophomore right now and play left guard at my high school,” Thomas said. “I’m very physical and I’m quick off the ball. I’m usually grabbing the defensive lineman before he gets out of his stance and just don’t stop until the whistle blows.”
Coming in at 6-3, 295-pounds as a sophomore, Thomas hopes that BYU will offer him a scholarship in the near future. He plans on attending a few camps over the summer, one of which will be BYU’s camp in June.
“I’m going to go to the Nike SPARQ camp in Clearfield, Utah on June 18th,” said Thomas. “Then I’m going to go to a Southern California Elite camp that I was invited to on June 19th, then I’m going to go to the BYU big man camp on June 20th. I think I’m also going to some camps up at ASU and Arizona.”
He also plans on making a return visit to BYU in August as well. He hopes by then he’ll have a offer from BYU’s coaching staff.
“I want to come up to BYU’s O-line camp on June 20th, and so I’m going to come by for that,” said Thomas. “I’m hoping that BYU offers me at the camp. I think if I kill it at the summer camp they might offer me. That’s what I’m hoping for.”
To get an offer from BYU would be a dream come true for the young LDS offensive lineman.
“That would mean a lot because that’s been my lifetime dream for me,” said Thomas. “That would just mean the world to me. Yeah, I think that would be awesome!
BYU offensive line coach Garett Tujague is rapidly becoming known for his ability to groom offensive lineman. He’s turned the play of BYU’s offensive line around quickly and demands much from group. If Thomas were to follow in his sister’s footsteps and attend BYU, he believes Coach Tujague would be someone that would make him a much better player.
“Coach Tujague just seems like an amazing guy,” Thomas said. “He’s just a really smart guy and knows everything about the game. He’s the type of coach that could help me with my abilities to become a better player. He’s that kind of a coach to make you better at what you do.”
While Thomas is waiting and hoping that BYU offer will soon come his way, he’s quietly biding his time. Whether or not that occurs remains to be seen, but one thing is certain for the big sophomore from Arizona. Following high school he’ll do what a lot of LDS athletes do and that’s serve an LDS mission.
“Yeah, I plan on serving a mission when I’m done with high school,” Thomas said. “That’s something I plan on doing.”
TotalBlueSports.com will keep an eye on the recruiting situation with Ben Thomas and BYU. He’s a prospect that BYU fans should hear a lot about in the near future.