No. 3 ranked TE likes LSU

One of the nation's top tight end prospects for 2010, Palmdale, California's Christian Thomas has heard from nearly all of the top coaches on the college circuit. Yet, a conversation with a slew of LSU coaches has the 6-foot-3, 245-pound Highland High standout talking about the Tigers.

“People told me that I would not like the recruitment process,” said Christian Thomas. “A lot of people were saying that it is going to be long and drawn out, and that I would wish that it could just all get over with.”

Yet, things don’t always play out as one would assume.

“I have loved everything about my recruitment, because this is my chance to get around the country and see what there is for me,” Thomas said. “I am just taking it all in.”

With offers from USC, UCLA and Cal, the junior is quick to admit that the pressure to stay on the west coast is coming on strong.

Regardless, Thomas, who caught 32 passes for 690 yards and eight touchdowns last season, said that a visit to Baton Rouge is in the works.

“I want to get down in the summer for a camp or maybe in the fall on an official visit,” he said. “LSU is the type of passing offense that keeps things balanced, and I like that.

“After talking with the coaches, I feel like I need to see if it is the kind of place I can see myself fitting in at.”

Thomas said that conversations with offensive coordinator Gary Crowton and wide receivers coach D.J. McCarthy have him sitting high on LSU.

“Coach Mac and coach Crowton both tell me that I am the type of tight end that can make a big impact, and looking at LSU’s past, I believe that is the case,” he said. “I know that they like to bring in talented players and work them to their ability, and that is all I want from a college.”

The nation’s No. 3 ranked tight end and the No. 108 ranked prospect overall, the 4-star standout said that becoming a dual-threat has helped his game reach new heights, and grab the attention of college coach’s in the process.

“I think if you are a receiving tight end, then you get noticed more,” Thomas said. “I think LSU wants that type of athlete, which is why the Tigers are in it for me.

“When I think of LSU, I think of a team that highlights every ability of every player, and that is how you get out and win games.”

Thomas said that his grades are in line and he is set to take the SAT on June 6.

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