Thomas is Close

LSU's 2011 class is sitting at 10 commitments and it's going to take a lot of shuffling for the staff to sign a full class of 25. The Tigers could inch closer to that magic number during the spring evaluation period without having to leave the Bayou State.

It is a blessing in itself when programs land premiere in-state talent, but it is that much sweeter when a university can land an in-state player that is talented enough to play two sports.


LSU has found one in New Orleans (La.) St. Augustine product Renaldo Thomas. The 6-foot-4, 205-pounder was offered by the Tigers in February to serve as a free safety on the gridiron and he will also have a chance to serve as a pitcher on the mound.

On Thursday evening, Thomas admitted to that he has been thinking about that offer ever since.


“It’s been all LSU for me lately,” Thomas stated. “That’s pretty much what I’m thinking right now. That will probably be my move, I just haven’t done it yet. I was kind of waiting for my uncle to get back in town before I committed and now he is, so I think I might commit the day of my spring game on May 7th.”


Aside from the LSU offer, Thomas also holds offers from Michigan, SMU, Tennessee and Tulsa, but said the approach from the Tigers is what has them out in front.


“I like LSU the most because they are recruiting me as a dual-sport athlete,” Thomas informed. “They are comfortable in letting me play baseball and football, and they’re the only team recruiting me in both sports. I also like LSU a lot because of the academic side. It seems like all of the tutoring they offer you makes the school part not as difficult.”


Thomas said he contacts LSU running backs coach/recruiting coordinator Frank Wilson on a weekly basis, which has also supported his desire to choose the purple and gold.


“I talk to coach Frank like once or twice a week,” Thomas said. “He’s usually just making sure I have my head on straight and tells me to keep working hard. He never really asks me about committing and that’s what I like. I don’t feel any pressure. He just tells me to commit whenever I feel it is right. I’ve already told him how I feel about LSU, though, so I know he knows.”


While Wilson’s support will go a long way in Thomas’ decision-making process there is none bigger than the support he gets from the woman that means the most in his life. The big-hitting safety said it is her approval that has brought him so close to pulling the trigger.


“I didn’t make it to the spring game because I was working out with my trainer, but I’ve been to a bunch of LSU games,” Thomas explained. “I went to some by myself and really enjoyed myself, so then I decided to go with my mom. She loved it too, and her support is really what’s making my decision so much easier.”


Until St. Augustine’s spring game Thomas plans on preparing himself for the end of his baseball season, as well as his spring game.


“I’m not playing baseball right now because I hurt my groin,” he informed. “I’m resting it so I’ll be ready for the spring game. I split my time between baseball and football so my coaches are letting me rest it. I’m going to play in the spring game and then I’ll start pitching again at the end of the season.”


So if Thomas had to choose between sports, what would he choose?


“I wouldn’t,” he responded. “I wouldn’t choose, at least not yet. The only way I’d probably choose is if it was to turn pro, and then I still don’t know which one I’d pick. I’m not sure which sport I’m better at. That’s another tough question. You’d have to ask someone else to answer that.”

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