Quentin Thomas joined on with LSU in April, becoming the second commitment to a defensive line class that looks to add at least a pair of additional names.
Since his pledge, the Breaux Bridge native’s visits to Baton Rouge have been few and far between.
“I definitely haven’t been able to be there as much as I wanted,” said Thomas, who missed the first LSU summer camp but plans to be at the July session. “Just being up there more and more lets me know that my decision was the perfect one for me.”
Fortunately, the three-star prospect was able to get to campus at the end of May for the LSU staff’s Family Day, a small gathering of prospects and their relatives that the Tigers held at the football facility.
“That visit was big time for me for a bunch of reasons,” Thomas said. “I got to hang out with all the committed guys, and I’m always down for that. The coaches laid all the video games out and we just chilled. People were grilling out and playing different games.
“It was a family atmosphere, for sure.”
Recruited to LSU by defensive line coach Brick Haley, Thomas said gatherings like Family Day help him, and other recruits, grow closer to the rest of the Tiger staff.
“I knew coach Haley well because he started recruiting me last summer, but now I feel like I know the whole staff,” he said. “That weekend I talked with all the coaches. Everyone was happy to see me. We caught up on everything, and I let them know how I’ve been doing with my workouts. They are excited about having me as part of the class.
“They are always saying that this 2011 group of Louisiana guys is going to go down in history.”
Thomas and the nine other Louisiana pledges also used the afternoon to continue to bond with in-state talents like Mickey Johnson and Bradley Sylve.
Johnson, who recently named a top-two that did not include LSU, remains uncommitted. Sylve pledged to Alabama last month, though it appears the South Plaquemines wide receiver won’t end his recruitment completely.
“I haven’t done too much of the recruiting stuff, but that day I was on it with Jarvis Landry and Anthony Johnson,” Thomas said. “We talked a bunch with Mickey Johnson. He’s really cool. I could see him as part of this class, because he fits in well. He seemed like he was really having fun.”
Though he has experienced increased contact from a number of programs, including the likes of Arkansas and Mississippi State, Thomas remains as firm as ever with his pledge to the Tigers.
“It’s not even something I’m debating,” he said. “It’s the right fit.”