Lineman Ready to Contribute Early for GSU

Georgia State has done very well recruiting offensive linemen this cycle, which was certainly an area of need. Aaron Thomas, from Dothan, AL, is one of those recruits that will look to come in and provide immediate depth in the trenches for Georgia State.

The state of Alabama has been very good to Georgia State in their brief history and the Panthers have once again gone into rival South Alabama’s territory to pull away a solid prospect. Aaron Thomas and his teammate Joseph Peterson both picked GSU over offers from the future sun belt conference team. Panthersville.com spoke with Thomas about what led him to choose the Panthers.

“Really the location was big for me, “ Thomas said. “Downtown Atlanta is a beautiful place and I have family real close to there so I know it will be a good experience.”
“I was also just really excited about the fact that it’s an up and coming program,” Thomas continued. “The idea of building a legacy and that I can look back and say that I was a part of starting and helped build that team. And it just looks like we are going amazing places.”

A self-proclaimed power style lineman, Thomas has said he really thinks his strengths lie in the running game. The Panthers struggled to run the ball at times and certainly could use help in that area sooner rather than later.

“I am going to come in and play left guard,” stated Thomas. “The coaches said that if I handle my business then I should be able to come in and play right away.”

“I have played tackle my whole career, but I really like run blocking, and I am looking forward to getting more opportunities to pull and block in space because we really didn’t do that a lot this year.”

While Thomas looks ready to contribute on the field next season, that hasn’t stopped him from trying to help his new team right now. Aaron got the opportunity to compete in the Mississippi-Alabama HS All-Stars game and said he was doing his best to hype his new school.

“I was talking to some of my teammates about Georgia State,” said Thomas. “One of them in particular didn’t have an offer yet and I was just telling him he should come play with me at Georgia State.”

Thomas chose Georgia State over offers from South Alabama and a number of smaller colleges. He will be signing his letter of intent between 11 and 12 at his high school.


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