New Georgia offensive line coach Sam Pittman has done a tremendous job recruiting recently as the Bulldogs have added some of the top lineman in the region for the 2017 class. Pace Academy (GA) left tackle Andrew Thomas is Pittman's most recent commit, and is ranked as the top tackle prospect in Georgia for the 2017 class. The four-star is excited to be done with the process, and will focus on winning a second straight state championship for his Pace Academy team.
"I'm kinda glad the process is over with." Thomas said. "It wasn't necessarily overwhelming, but it's definitely a relief to be done and focus on my high school season. There were many reasons I chose Georgia, but really because of the relationship with the coaching staff, and it's close to home, I got to go over the depth chart and really look at their business program."
With many of the in-state recruits, the Georgia staff wants to get the message across of "staying home." It's important to the staff that they lock down the top players in Georgia every year moving forward. With the offensive line talent this state is producing the next two years, it's an easy decision to stay in the state and get the best.
"Staying home was a big recruiting pitch to me." Thomas said. "They also stressed that they wanted to change the tradition at Georgia, and bring the offensive line pride back. I have the best relationship with offensive line coach Sam Pittman and of course head coach Kirby Smart. Coach Pittman came to Pace about every time he could when he got the Georgia job. That really meant a lot to me."
Thomas had a dominant junior season last year, creating holes for running back Deon Jackson the entire year. Paired up with 2018 five-star guard Jamaree Sayler, the two help make Pace one of the best offensive lines in the state of Georgia. Pace Acacemy won the GHSA AA state championship last year, and has the chance to do it again in 2016.
Thomas hurt his shoulder earlier this spring during the Opening Regionals in Buford, but he said the shoulder is feeling much better. It should not be an issue moving forward.