LSU hosted a handful of prospects over the weekend, and one of the biggest was in-state prospect John Thomas, a 6-foot-5, 240-pounder that picked up a scholarship from head coach Les Miles last month.
On Saturday, Thomas and two members of the Airline High coaching staff tripped to Baton Rouge to watch the Tigers second scrimmage of the spring.
“We had a lot of fun sitting in Tiger Stadium and seeing the team up close,” Thomas said. “We started off down on the field when they did the Big Cat Drill, then I went up in the stands and watched the scrimmage.
“It was very intense. That’s what stood out. The speed and everything caught my attention.”
Being recruited to LSU as a tight end, Thomas kept his eye on Tigers starter DeAngelo Peterson.
“Peterson’s a big, athletic guy like me, so I watched how they used him and what he was able to do,” he said. “I think we are alike because of what we can do after the catch. That’s what the coaches really like about me.”
Thomas said that the day ended alongside Miles as the pair stood atop Death Valley and discussed his potential future in purple and gold.
“We talked about school for a while, then we looked over the field and started talking a little football,” Thomas said. “He laid out what I would bring to the table if I signed with LSU. I didn’t commit, but I thought about it.
“My mom is an LSU fan, and she thinks that if I go down there it will be easier for her to keep up our close relationship. Right now I am leaning that way. LSU is definitely out front after this weekend.”
Thomas also has offers from Mississippi State, Missouri and Arizona, and while interest is coming from other schools, the rising senior said that he hopes to have his final decision made sooner than later.
“I just know that with LSU, or any school, I shouldn’t wait too long to commit if I really want to be there,” he said. “There is only a certain amount of time you have. I have seen LSU enough to know that I feel comfortable, but now I just want to make sure it’s the right pick.”
Thomas credited the work of tight ends coach Steve Ensminger and the LSU staff with their early advantage.
“I talk to coach Ensminger on the phone about once a week now, and it’s cool because we have an idea of what both of us are like, being that we’re from Louisiana and all that,” he said. “Coach told me he would be up to see me the first week of May, then LSU will send someone back through to watch me in spring practice.”
With the Tigers out front, what is the timetable for Thomas’ decision?
“I’m hoping to decide before the summer gets here,” he said. “The next month and a half will be really important for me. I’ll talk it over with my mom and the coaches and see what the best fit is, then I’ll commit.”