Pinnacle High School (Phoenix, AZ) offensive lineman Benjamin Thomas recently visited BYU for a second time and came away even more impressed than he was when he first visited back in April of this year. He was invited by BYU offensive line coach Garett Tujague on an unofficial visit for BYU's home opening game against the Boise State Broncos. His visit was brief but he was able to talk with Coach Tujague and other BYU coaches and take in pregame warmups on the field before enjoying BYU's thrilling comeback 35-21 victory.
"I got a chance to talk with Coach Tujague while I was there and it was a great time," Thomas explained."I loved the visit. I could for sure see myself playing at BYU.
"I attended the Boise State game with my parents. They let us go down on the field, pregame, to watch the team warm up. It was awesome because I got to see how they prepared for games."
Thomas starts at left guard for the Pioneers who are 4-4 on the season. He recently released his mid-season highlight reel and it's full of devestating pancake blocks. A member of the 2017 recruiting class, Thomas feels he's finally getting adjusted to his place on the team and settling in at guard.
"I believe my season is going great," Surmised Thomas. "I feel a lot more powerful and comfortable out there this year."
Thomas has been hearing from a number of Ivy League and PAC-12 schools in addition to his interactions with BYU.
"I have talking to Dartmouth, Harvard, Columbia, and Pennsylvania," Thomas said. "Those are the Ivy League schools I have talked to. I have also talked to Washington, Arizona, Oregon State, and Utah. No offers currently but I am in contact regularly with all of them.
"Honestly I think I am close to receiving an offer (from BYU). Coach Tujague contacted me and told me he’s going come down to one of my games. [They have their bye week] next week, so I think that may be when he comes to see me play."
Based on the conversation, it is easy to glean that Thomas has forged a close relationship with Garett Tujague.
"It’s been great," Thomas explained. "Coach Tujague contacts me on a regular basis. He’s like my offensive line coach at Pinnacle, who I love. Coach Tujague is exactly like him. He’s a great coach. We get along really well."
Thomas is being evaluated as a guard or center at the collegiate level. He's 6-foot 3-inches tall and weighs 285-pounds. He's played some tackle and center for Pinnacle, but he's made his home at guard and it shows on his film.
While Pinnacle doesn't list pancake or knockdown blocks on it's official statistics, Thomas tracks them personally and believes he's collected between 35-40 on the season to this point. Based on his film, it's easy to understand why collegiate coaches enjoy watching Thomas' roadgrading style of play.
Thomas is planning on serving an LDS mission immediately following graduation from high school and from the sound of things, he would like to suit up as a BYU Cougar.
"I have fallen in love with BYU. Ever since I went to the Boise State game, they have really impressed me. I for sure could see myself playing there in a couple years."