Jermaine Thomas was one of the top playmakers in the nation for the 2008 recruiting class. As Florida State continues to rebuild and attempt to get back to the dominating program they historically are, landing dynamic players like Jermaine will help expedite that process. On Saturday Jermaine checked out the spring game at FSU, coming away pleased with what he saw.
"The game was fun and it was good. I got there kind of late, right before the game started, so I couldn't do all the other stuff. But I did get to speak to the coaches, mainly Coach Carter and coach Dawsey. We were just catching up, with them asking how I have been and all that. They were telling me how they think the team is getting better and better, but there is still work to be done."
The offense is still a work in progress, but they have made huge strides since last year's spring game. Jermaine paid a lot of attention to how the offense performed, and came away feeling more ready to go.
"The quarterbacks were better than I thought they would be. They did pretty well. I really watched the offense and how they played. I liked how the running backs ran, getting the tough yards and getting involved in the passing game. One thing I did notice is that they need 1 or 2 guys to come in and get that offense rolling. I feel like I can be one of those guys who can be apart of that. The running backs there are bigger, but I feel I can use my elusiveness, great vision and speed to create bigger plays and longer runs."
One guy that fans of Florida State have compared Jermaine to is Preston Parker. Both are very versatile and can be dynamic running or catching the ball. On Saturday Jermaine made sure he watched Preston in action.
"I watched Preston Parker because people like to compare us. We have the same type of game. He had the injury for most of spring but he came out and did his thing. I think that I can be that type of guy who can come in and help the team, whether it is in the backfield or a wide receiver."
While he got there later than most of the other visitors, Thomas spent a lot of his time with fellow signees from 2008. With spring over and the time for the 2008 class approaching, they talked about the impact they hope to have at FSU.
"Getting there late I didn't get a chance to really talk to recruits. I saw some guys from First Coast there, but I spent most of my time with the 2008 signees. Everyone was taking about how excited they were and how we are ready to get there and gets it going. We all want to compete and start something new. I think we are all ready to get the Seminoles rolling."
Jermaine has used the spring before he comes to FSU running track. This is the first year he has really focused on it, and it has paid off for him. This coming Friday he is running in the district meet as the last leg of his 4x100 team.
"Track is going very good. I have districts this Friday. I am running the 4x100 and I hope they let me run the individual 100. This is my first year doing it and I have fallen in love with it. I've got a goal in mind with it and I plan on achieving it. Running meets has been fun and I feel like I have gotten faster. It's paid off for me and I really enjoy it."
With his senior year winding down, Jermaine told NoleDigest that after graduation he'll be heading to Tallahassee as soon as possible. He plans on working hard and getting ready to contribute once he steps on campus. Stay tuned to NoleDigest for further updates with Jermaine and the rest of the 2008 signees.