Versatile QB Thomas to visit LSU

With the LSU spring football game right around the corner; Les Miles and Co. will receive a visit from one of the top dual-threat quarterbacks in Houston in Darron Thomas.

Thus far, the standout signal caller, who stands 6-3, 195 lb. with a 4.5 time in the 40, has picked up scholarship offers from LSU, Oklahoma State, Illinois, Missouri and Northwestern, and says other schools have told him they are close to offering, though his main area of interests lies with the Tigers.

"LSU is definitely my favorite," Thomas said. "I've liked them for a long time. They were my team growing up. My family is real big on LSU. My cousin is Dominick Davis and Tiger football is in y blood."

This will be Thomas' second trip to LSU in the past month as he was at junior day back in February. However, this time around he will get to see the coaches do what they do best and that is something he is really looking forward to.

"The coaches told me to give me a call when I get down to LSU for the spring game, and that I could come hang out with the players and stuff like that," he told Tiger Rag. "I've never been to the spring game before. I really want to see what the coaches are like on the sidelines. I like coaches who are competitive and get intense."

The coach Thomas has been in contact with the most has been Bradley Dale Peveto, who the quarterback said has been fun talking with.

"Coach Peveto text messages me pretty much every day," he said. "I try and call him up on the phone whenever I get the chance. He's been cool."

In addition to the attitude of the coaching staff, Thomas said he is also looking the quality of each school's football program, and how bad he is wanted by the schools.

 "At quarterback, it's tough to come in and play a lot as a true freshman," he said. "I want to go somewhere that's going to be good. I know LSU's going to be real good. They have some good quarterbacks. I've been really watching JaMarcus Russell ever since he started college."

In addition to the LSU spring game, Thomas will have his hands full this weekend as he goes back to Texas following the game in order to take part in the Dallas Combine on Sunday before Aldine starts up spring practices next week.

"Next year, we are running a new offense," he said. "I've been working a lot on learning the plays. We're moving to a spread offense where I'll be throwing the ball 40-50 times per game. Last season I was only throwing about 20 or 25 times, so I really want to see if I can do it."

Thomas' style as a signal caller has changed over the years, he said, as he was a pocket passer during his sophomore year before turning into more of a runner last season. This year, however, he will look to do some of both in an effort to lead Aldine back into the state playoffs.

Once spring practices wrap up, the quarterback says he hopes to get up to 205 lbs. before the season starts, and will keep his schedule filled this summer when he will attend camps at LSU, Texas A&M, Texas and a Nike camp in addition to some local day camps and seven on seven tournaments. He also hopes to get to an elite 11 quarterback camp.

"I've got a bunch of stuff I want to do this summer," he said. "We want to be ready for next year. I want us to go undefeated. We're going to have a good team."


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