Demaryius Thomas made a commitment to Georgia Tech last night, and his Offensive Coordinator at West Laurens High Schoo, Brad Harber, couldn't say enough good things about him.
"He committed to Georgia Tech last night," said Brad Harber. "He
was a great player for us. He tied the school record with 56 catches for over
700 yards and seven touchdowns. He was just a big time player for us. There were
a few games where teams did a great job of bracketing him, and when that
happened, he did a great job of blocking and opening up our running game."
Why Georgia Tech?
"One of the big things was that Georgia Tech want him at the wide receiver
spot. Georgia and Clemson wanted him at tight end."
When the comment was made that Thomas might not be physical enough for the tight
end position, Harber said that Thomas really matured as a senior.
"He's a much more physical player this year. I think he realized that he
was the biggest kid on the field this year, and he played like it."
It wasn't just the fact that he could play wide receiver though.
"Georgia Tech also did a heck of a job recruiting him. They were in
constant contact with him. Coach Gailey and his recruiter Gif Smith came here
and sat down with him, and I know both came to his house last night when he
committed. Tech was one of the first teams to offer him, and they did a great
job of staying with him."
Playing close to home is almost always a factor, and it was no different with
"Staying in state was a big thing to him as well. His father lives in
Atlanta, and he'll be closer to his father. He lives with his aunt and uncle
now. His dad is in the military, and I'm not sure if he's still in Iraq right
now, but he was there during the football season."
One aspect that gets lost amongst the rankings and stars but shows up on
Saturdays is the character of a team and its components. Coach Harber knows what
kind of person Tech is getting.
"I've said it to anyone that will listen; this is a top notch kid. He is as
good a kid as he is a football player. He's a high character person. He's a
member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and he's a leader and motivator.
We're as proud as him as a staff for what he can do on the field, but also what
he has done in the class room."
Thomas had a great career at West Laurens, but Harber feels his best days could
still be ahead of him.
"He really started playing football his 9th grade year. They tried him at
quarterback his freshman year, but that didn't really work out. So, he's only
been a wide receiver for three years. He's 6-3 and a lot of change right now,
and he's still growing. He wears a size 14 shoe, and I think that's one of the
reasons other schools may have wanted him at tight end. I'm not so sure he
can't make an impact early at Georgia Tech. He has huge hands, and if you line
him up on one side and Calvin Johnson on the other, those are two huge receivers
you have to deal with."
Georgia Tech got and early Christmas Present with Thomas, but it pales in
comparison to the Christmas Present that Wet Laurens Head Coach got this week.
On a personal note, Coach John Kenny was unavailable for comment, because he is
out of the country adopting a son.
Merry Christmas Coach!
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