On Monday, he made that dream a reality.
“I went ahead and committed to coach [Les] Miles,” said Quentin Thomas. “[Miles] was really happy for me, and he said it made the 2011 class a lot stronger. I think he knew it was only a matter of time before I told him that I wanted to play at LSU.”
Thomas joins O.P. Walker standout Anthony Johnson, ranked as the nation’s No. 4 defensive tackle, for an impressive pair of early commitments from in-state linemen. Thomas, being recruited to LSU by defensive line coach Brick Haley, will sign on with the Tigers as an end.
“I like the fit, not just because it is close to home but because LSU can provide big things for me,” he said. “They have won national and conference titles, and the class for 2011 shows that they are headed back to that level of dominance. As a Louisiana boy, I can’t pass that up.”
With offers from Texas A&M and LSU, Thomas pointed to his visits to Baton Rouge – from summer camps to an exclusive junior day weekend - as the major selling points.
“The staff just continued to amaze me,” he said. “Each time, I was impressed more and more. That let me know that Baton Rouge was the right spot. The facilities and academic side of things are all great. It didn’t make any sense for me to go somewhere else when I have all that for me right here.”
Monday’s commitment, which Thomas called a move out of left field, will effectively end the junior prospect’s recruitment process, electing to no longer take visits or camp at other schools.
To drive home just how out of the blue the call was, Thomas said that he and the LSU coaching staff’s last discussions left no talk of a pledge.
“I hadn’t even talked with the coaches in over a month because I had told them that I wanted to focus on school and give recruiting a break,” he said. “They were doing spring ball, so it all worked out. Then I just started thinking about things and I called them up and told them I wanted to end things and commit.”
Thomas has started the last two years at defensive end in Breaux Bridge’s 3-4 defensive set and earned first team all-district honors as a junior. He finished the campaign with 54 tackles, 2.5 sacks and four tackles for loss. He also recovered a pair of fumbles, broke up four passes and intercepted a pass.
Thomas marks the 10th commitment for LSU’s 2011 class. He is the ninth prospect from Louisiana.