Torn Between Two

First Coast High School product Jermaine Thomas (6'0, 190, 4.5) discussed the ongoing recruiting battle between LSU and Florida St with TigerRag.com. Earlier in the year Thomas gave his verbal pledge to the Seminoles, but now the talented back says he must first make a trip to Baton Rouge to make a clean cut decision.

Jermaine Thomas

"I am scheduled to visit LSU on January 25th," said Thomas. "I've been talking to coach [Larry] Porter from LSU about the team and its academics. I told him I wanted to major in either education or engineering and he assured me LSU had strong programs in both.

"Coach Porter also filled me in on where I'd be on the depth chart and I was pleased with what he had to say," Thomas continued. "The depth chart really balanced things between LSU and Florida St. I just want to go to a program that can take me to the next level. I feel LSU has the coaches and all it needs is the players. I do not want to wait and miss my opportunity."

The 4-star product claimed distance will not be a factor in his decision.

"Originally Tennessee was where I really wanted to go, but their depth chart was full at the running back position," said Thomas. "Tennessee is just as far as LSU too so if I was willing to go there then LSU shouldn't be a problem either. LSU was not even in the picture until I spoke to coach Porter.

"He made LSU seem like a place I should at least consider and so now I want to see the school before signing day," Thomas added. "I do not want to 2nd guess myself down the road. I haven't had the chance to see the team except for on T.V. and coach Porter said on my visit he'll show me around and I'll get to meet some of the players."

Thomas was impressed of what he has seen of the Tigers thus far.

"I watched them play on T.V. a few times," Thomas stated. "They played very well and I was excited to see them beat Ohio St. in the title game."

The versatile back said Head Coach Les Miles' decision to remain at LSU served a major role in him giving LSU a look.

"Coach Miles' decision to stay at LSU played a big factor with me," said Thomas. "If he would have left for Michigan I probably wouldn't have even considered LSU.

"It is hard to say right now where I actually stand with recruiting, but I'll know a lot more once I return from my trip to Baton Rouge," Thomas concluded.


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