Top OL Thomas Commits; Kirby's Tear Continues

UGA’s recruiting tear continues, but Andrew Thomas’ commitment on Sunday night is of particular importance.

It is the first time in recent memory that UGA has commitments from all of the top four offensive line prospects in the state. But Thomas, considered No. 56 overall player in the country, is the highest ranked of the four Peach State Bulldog commits. 

D'antne Demery (No. 75), Netori Johnson (No. 146) and Justin Shaffer (No. 268) combine with Thomas to form the future of the offensive line at UGA. The Bulldogs have failed to sign the top in-state offensive line prospect in three of the last four years. 

But this season the Bulldogs are racking up - and not just on the offensive line. Thomas is the 15th player in the class of 2017 to commit to the Bulldogs. But he’s the 12th of those players to be ranked in the Scout 300. That’s an 80% Scout 300 rate - the highest in UGA recruiting history. 

To put that in perspective - Mark Richt’s Scout 300 rate was typically 51%. 

None-the-less, Thomas has major upside for the Bulldogs according to Scout national recruiting analyst Chad Simmons. 

“He’s got a lot of upside,” Simmons said. “His size is there already, and he is only going to get bigger. Thomas really moves well and plays light on his feet. He can pull, move in space and his sets in pass protection are strong. He can improve his punch, and his ability to drive opponents off the ball.”

The four-star OL picked the Bulldogs over a slew of other schools during an ESPN telecast on Sunday.


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