Thomas has big first offer

Josh Thomas is a 6-foot-7, 321 pound offensive tackle in the 2013 class and he recently picked up his first offer. He talks about that here.

"I went to the Texas Camp a couple of weeks ago and I went through the drills, performed well for Coach [Stacy] Searels, and I got an offer after the camp was over," said Josh Thomas. "Coach Searels and Mack Brown took me into their office and Coach Brown told me that I was approved to go to Texas. I was a little confused by that, so I asked Coach Searels in the hallway after the conversation was over, and he told me that was Coach Brown officially offering me a scholarship."

That is big news for the soon to be junior out of Shreveport (LA) Evangel Christian Academy. Not only is it offer number one, but it is from the school he grew up following.

"I actually grew up a fan of Texas and I have liked them a lot for a while. They win a lot, they have a lot of tradition, and I like Coach Brown. Them offering me a scholarship was exciting. I did not see it coming this early. Coach Searels came out to see me practice during the spring, but I was still a little surprised when they offered me. It was pretty exciting."

Alabama and LSU are two schools showing Thomas interest and he plans to camp at LSU in the middle of July.

That is an offer he'd like to have too.

"LSU is a school everyone likes here in Louisiana and they have a strong program. They win, they have tradition, and it would be nice to be offered by them. I am working towards that."

Right now, the big OL is taking everything in stride. He has interest in Texas and he feels good about the Longhorn offer, but he is more focused on his development as an offensive tackle than recruiting right now.

"My interest in Texas is basic and I look at them the same way I do everyone else right now," he said. "I just want to keep working, attend some more camps, and just keep getting better. Coach Searels liked my footwork at the Texas Camp and I am working to improve on that. I am a good pass blocker, but I am working to improve my run blocking too. I think I will be better and more balanced this season."

Chad Simmons started out with Scout in 2003 covering top talent in Georgia and other areas in the South. He then moved on to another Recruiting Service from 2004-2008 before returning to Scout the first of 2009 to become Southeast Recruiting Manager.
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