Justin Thomason thinking visits

Justin Thomason is a senior at Eagle's Landing Christian Academy, or ELCA, in McDonough, Ga. He didn't start playing football until the 10th grade and just became a starter last season. The 6-foot-3, 240-pound defensive end/outside linebacker is currently up to 16 Division 1 offers and is helping to lead the Chargers to outstanding season. Thomason talks Vanderbilt coaching staff and more..


"It's been real good," Justin Thomason said of his senior year. "We've only lost one game and are on track to win a state championship."

The Chargers dropped their first game to Briarwood Christian School in Birmingham, Ala., but since have reeled off seven in a row. Thomason's played a big part. He lead the way in ELCA's last game with 13 tackles against Our Lady of Mercy.

"My speed has gotten better," said Thomason critiquing his game, "and so has my tackling ability. I've been switching back and forth between defensive end and outside linebacker. Last year I was just on the defensive line, but playing linebacker has been fun. You get to make a lot more tackles."

Thomason holds offers from Vanderbilt, Indiana, Boston College, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Louisville, Washington State, and eight other programs.

"The schools I'm hearing the most from are UNC, Vandy, N.C. State, and Indiana," stated Thomason. "I'm setting up my first official visit with North Carolina. It's going to be the weekend of one of their first basketball games. This weekend coming up I'm making an unofficial visit to Indiana for their Homecoming game with Northwestern."

Previously this year, Thomason attended games at in-state schools Georgia and Georgia Tech. He said he's hearing a little from those schools but has yet to receive an offer, however he has many suitors hoping to receive a visit including Vanderbilt.

"Coach Franklin and Coach (Sean) Spencer, the D-line coach, came by my school," Thomason said. "Coach Franklin, he's great. He's definitely changing things around up there and has them heading in the right direction. They're a school I plan on visiting before I make my decision."

Thomason is the school's top recruit for the class of 2012, but the Chargers feature two top juniors in running back Keyante Green and defensive end Isaac Rochell who have a multitude of early offers including Vanderbilt. The two juniors get a lot of the headlines, but Thomason is looking to carve out his own niche at the next level.

"Early playing time, education, and location are the top three things I'm going to look at," said Thomason on making his college decision. With location, I want to be somewhere close to home and in a good environment. I don't have a date in mind yet to announce my commitment, but I'll probably do it sometime soon after my visits."

The emergence of Rochell has allowed Thomason to switch to outside linebacker in ELCA's 3-4 defense. He also plays tight end on the offensive side. The Chargers play in Georgia Class 5, Region 5-South. Their next game will conclude the regular season. They'll travel to Southwest Atlanta Christian to face the Warriors. Thomason wears No. 99 for the ELCA Chargers who play their home games on Commitment Field.

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