Jason Caldwell, Inside the Auburn Tigers

Alabama defensive lineman Justin Thomas commits to LSU!

LSU landed its second commit from Alabama in high-upside defensive lineman Justin Thomas on Saturday! A breakdown of what Thomas brings is inside!

2017 Mobile (Ala.) Spanish Fort defensive lineman Justin Thomas became LSU's 20th commitment of the class Saturday and joined fellow Mobile area defensive lineman Neil Farrell as the second LSU commit from the state of Alabama.

Thomas' dad and high school coach, Atlas Herrion, is an Alabama legacy, but Thomas committed to LSU over AlabamaSouth CarolinaTennessee, and others.

LSU wide receivers coach Dameyune Craig has been huge for the Tigers this cycle. Craig landed Farrell and Thomas out of Mobile plus has three stud receivers committed to the Tigers. Craig was hired in large part to put the Tigers back on the map in Mobile and he's done just that.


In the 2015 6A state championship game this year, which Spanish Fort won, Thomas had five tackles, 1.5 sacks and a few tackles for loss. He totaled 53 tackles, 9.5 sacks and an interception during his junior season.

Scout recruiting analyst John Garcia, Jr. talked more about what Tiger fans can expect from Thomas.

"Thomas is the type of prospect whose best football is ahead of him. The Bama legacy talent fell in love with basketball well before football, but his most recent outings on the gridiron have flashed his potential as a pass rusher. Thomas has great size and feet, as one would expect, but it's his developing arsenal of pass-rushing moves that makes him one of the most intriguing prospects in Alabama this cycle, saying a lot considering how deep the state it. Thomas needs to add strength and polish up the basics, but he's far from a finished product."

The 6-5, 250-pound lineman is Scout's No. 3 ranked defensive end in Alabama, Garcia's No. 11 overall prospect in Alabama and No. 41 defensive end in the country. 

Check back with Tiger Blitz later to hear from Thomas on his commitment! For now, check out highlights from the state championship game below.

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