LSU's After Thomas Early

The 2010 recruiting class is said and done, which means it's time to kick into gear for 2011. And for Louisiana, prospects like Breaux Bridge High's Quentin Thomas make the class one of the best in the state's history.

LSU closed the 2010 class strong on National Signing Day, adding defensive linemen Ego Ferguson and J.C. Copeland at the 11th hour.

When it comes to big bodies on the line for 2011, the in-state names that first come to mind are likely Anthony Johnson and Jermaurio Rasco.

Add the names Quentin Thomas, Chucky Hunter, Mickey Johnson and Donald Phillips and the cupboard for the Bayou State is clearly stocked for those in need of defensive line prospects.

Thomas, who picked up an early scholarship offer from the Tiger staff after being invited to an exclusive junior day in January, finished his junior season with 52 tackles, including 3.5 for losses with three sacks.

Defensive line coach Brick Haley started recruiting Thomas last summer, and the Tigers remain the lone school to have offered the 6-foot-3, 265-pound prospect.

“I am getting a lot of love through the mail from other schools, but it is nothing too personalized,” Thomas said. “With the offer and the way LSU has stayed on top of me, I would say they are out front right now.”

From Charles Alexander to Domanick Davis to Jonathon Zenon, Breaux Bridge has never been short on producing talent for the Bayou Bengals.

With an offer already in hand, could Thomas be the next in line?

“It’s definitely on my mind,” he said. “I know that the staff has already gotten commitments from seven guys from in-state for 2011. That has my attention for sure. I told myself I want to let things play out at least until the end of the summer, because I want to get out and compete at some camps. But, we’ll see what happens.”

Thomas’ next visit to Baton Rouge will be for the upcoming Junior Day.

“I am definitely trying to get over for that,” he said. “The chances that I get to be around coach Haley and the other guys are ones that I really like to take advantage of.”

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