Four-star WR Jeff Thomas visiting Illini on Saturday

East St. Louis WR Jeff Thomas visiting Illini on Saturday

East St. Louis (Ill.) wide receiver Jeff Thomas, the No. 48 prospect in the Class of 2017 Scout 300, is on his way to visit Illinois on Saturday, a source told Illini Inquirer.

Thomas holds offers from some of the top programs in the country and recently released a top-six that includes Alabama, Auburn, Florida State, Michigan State, Missouri and Texas A&M. He also holds offers from Michigan, Nebraska and Ohio State.

The in-state receiver has drawn comparisons to St. Louis Rams wide receiver Tavon AustinThomas won the fastest man competition at The Opening Finals, a combine-like competition among some of the best prospects in the country. Midwest recruiting analyst Allen Trieu says of Thomas: "Fast, explosive athlete who has outstanding burst, acceleration and ability to cut while moving full speed. Creates a lot of separation with that and is not only a deep threat, but a guy who can take short passes and go the distance at any time. He is also an excellent return man. He is not a big receiver and currently must get stronger to supplement his speed and athleticism."

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