LSU atop his final three

Lou's 2006 recruiting class is currently rated No. 6 in the country in's latest rankings but noticeably missing from the list of commitments is the Tigers biggest need—several blue-chip offensive linemen.

The Tigers have two verbal commitments from guys projected to play on the offensive side of the trenches but they need at least a few more to keep the train rolling.

Les Miles is expected to have at least three high profile o-linemen in town this weekend for an official visit and one is the state's top rated player at that spot Zhamal Thomas.

The 6-4, 325-pound guard from New Iberia (La.) is a good bet to earn all-state honors when the awards are released in the near future. He said his coach had not told him what he graded out for the year but that he finished with approximately 50 pancake blocks and 23 knockdowns.

LSU offensive line coach Stacey Searels paid an in-home visit to Thomas last Thursday as the Tigers were preparing to head to Atlanta for the SEC Championship Game.

Searels had told Thomas before that they wanted to wait on his grades to come in from the first half of his senior year before he committed but now they just want his pledge.

"Coach Searels said when I'm ready to commit he will accept it," Thomas said. "He said he really wants me to play for him and that they need me. He thinks I would have a good chance to come in and play a lot as a freshman."

Thomas said he is taking correspondence courses to help improve his GPA and next week he will take the ACT again. He said his GPA is very close to being where he needs it to be and he only needs a couple of points on the ACT then he will be good to go.

Three schools remain in the hunt for Thomas' signature at this time and he visited one of them last week.

"I went to Ole Miss this past weekend and it was alright," said Thomas. "It was pretty nice over there but it's kind of far away from home. I'll be at LSU this weekend and then Florida is trying to set up a visit."

LSU has been sitting at the top of Thomas' list for most of the recruiting process but have the Gators or Rebels given him something to think about?

"Those are the main three I am looking at but LSU is No. 1," he said. "No doubt about it it's LSU at the top."

Is there a chance he may leave Baton Rouge this weekend as an LSU Tiger?

"I think there is a good chance," Thomas told Tiger Rag.

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