2008 Prospect Watch: Dallas Thomas (OT/La.)

If there is one area that Louisiana has not been particularly deep at in recent years it would be down in the trenches along the offensive line. It's too early to tell if the Class of 2008 is going to be top-heavy with blue-chip o-linemen but there is one in LSU's own backyard that is already attracting interest from several top programs in the South.

Meet Dallas Thomas, a 6-5, 270-pound tackle from Baton Rouge-Istrouma.


Thomas has a nice blend of size and athleticism but those are not the only reasons he is garnering strong looks when he hasn't even put the finishing touches on his junior campaign.


"His footwork," said Istrouma head coach Richard Oliver. "He moves very well and is so quick. He is a real lean kid but is very strong. He has a real good  body for playing on the edge."


Oliver said that he has had some good players over the years and he feels that Thomas could be the one of his best.


"He is going to be a real good one because of his size and athletic ability," Oliver said. "Dallas is only 16 years-old too and I think he can get up to 6-7, 300 pounds pretty easy. He is already a tremendous athlete but he is going to be a special one. LSU is already on him and Tennessee asked me to send them some film a couple of days ago. There are some more too."


LSU head coach Les Miles and offensive line coach Stacey Searels took notice of the big lineman last summer when he attended one of his camps. 


Thomas said he was one of only three juniors-to-be to get the opportunity to work out with the older guys and he went home with the distinct honor of being named the top junior offensive lineman at the camp.


After the camp concluded Thomas said that Miles called him and his mother up to his office to let them know that the staff took notice of his ability.


"He told us about the program they have and that he would be watching me close," explained Thomas.


There has been a lot of speculation that Thomas may have picked up an offer at the camp and actually committed but he said that was not the case.


"He (Miles) kind of hinted to it but he didn't offer me," Thomas said. "He said eventually he was going to come get me and that I'd be hearing a lot from coach (Jimbo) Fisher."





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