Brooks made the difference for Thomas

ROEBUCK, S.C. - Clemson defensive line coach Dan Brooks was the big difference in this commitment.

DT Tra Thomas Profile

Clemson picked up another commit for the class of 2010 on Tuesday afternoon when Wadesboro-Anson HS (NC) defensive tackle Tra Thomas. He called defensive tackle coach Dan Brooks to pass along the good news.

"After lunch I called him and talked to him. He stopped the meeting and everything," Thomas said. "I let him know and they started clapping and said that's what they've been waiting for."

On Monday morning at the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas practice, he let CUTigers know his decision would be between Clemson and Duke. Thomas thought about it over night and decided he'd go ahead and commit to the Tigers.

"I kind of broke everything down and it seemed like the right spot for me," he said.

After letting the coaches in Tigertown know he was committed, Thomas called his parents in Wadesboro to let them know.

"They said it was my choice. They already knew who the top two, three were," he said. "It was just something that happened."

Scout.com rates Thomas as a two-star prospect and the No. 105 defensive tackle in the nation for the class of 2010. His future position coach was the biggest reason that he chose the orange and purple.

"Dan Brooks is a great coach. It's a great atmosphere and they have a great coaching staff," he said. "It's just a good place for me. I think it's where I fit."

Thomas joins former Anson teammate Brandon Ellerbe, a 2011 Clemson commit. Before the commitment, Ellerbe was in his ear about the Tigers.

"He talked about how it would be nice if all three of us went down there," Thomas said.

The third Anson target on the Clemson recruiting radar that Thomas mentioned is 2011 outside linebacker Stephone Anthony. Look for his interview with CUTigers later on this week.

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