"Marcus is a run stopper," said Mandarin Head Coach Richard Burnoski, also known as coach Bruno. "He plugs up the middle and makes plays in the backfield."
Last season as a junior, Thomas recorded 62 tackles and 11 sacks. He is 6-4 and 295 pounds. Thomas bench presses 400 pounds.
"I am quick off the ball and strong," said Thomas. "I also play guard but I rather play defense."
Jacksonville produced a few D-tackle standouts last season in Chris Turner and Chris Anderson. He is friends with both players, especially Anderson. Both prospects signed with his favorite team, Florida State.
"I am a big FSU fan. I have grown up on Florida State football. They always seemed to be the champion and I have always wanted to play for them. That is my dream. They are my leader. I also like Florida and Miami. I know one thing... I will not leave the state."