What it means: He’s big and athletic; still Andrew Thomas has developing to do before he can be an impact player on the offensive line in the SEC. But the potential is certainly there. The good news for Thomas is that he won’t have to rush into playing left tackle in his first year in Silver Britches.
That task will almost certainly fall to someone else. But he likely will play this fall - the question is in what role.
Globally, however, Thomas is the first in-state Top 100 offensive tackle to sign with the Bulldogs in modern recruiting. That’s an amazing failure by previous recruiting regimes.
Thomas’ commitment in July meant that the Bulldogs had their four future linemen locked up, and they were all from within the state. But that turned out just to be a springboard to signing the top offensive line class in school history - six offensive linemen, all of whom are considered top 300 players in the country.
Thomas’ role in the offensive line is that he will likely be the left tackle of the future in Athens. He will probably be the guy guarding Jake Fromm’s backside in the 2019 season. That may seem like a long way away, but Thomas has a lot of work to be done until then to get ready for a future full of elite pass rushers.
If his run performance over the last two years is any indication, he should do just fine.
Dean Legge saw him live: 2015 MVP Camp; 2015 Pace Academy vs. Fitzgerald
Chad Simmons says: Thomas is a prospect who has a lot of upside. Size is there already and he is going to get bigger. He really moves well and plays light on his feet. He can pull, he can 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 way he can move could make him an attractive guard, but tackle is likely his position.