Mississippi State commitment Jordan Thomas is still being courted by other programs.

East Central Community College tight end Jordan Thomas committed to Mississippi State shortly before his sophomore season ended. Despite his verbal pledge to Coach Dan Mullen and his staff, other SEC programs have begun showing interest in the talented Thomas.

"Things have been going pretty good for me," Thomas said. "I am just trying to get ready to take these finals and then it will be time for a break. I have been doing pretty good."

Thomas is in regular contact with the coaches at Mississippi State. The Sumrall, Mississippi native has had the opportunity to visit with Bulldog coaches on two occasions in two different locales in recent weeks.

"Coach (Tony) Hughes came to see me at home two weeks ago and then yesterday Coach Hughes and Coach (Scott) Sallach came to see me at school. They were just checking on me and we just talked about the future and things like that."

At 6-7, 275 pounds, Thomas has a unique set of skills. Most players his size lack his speed (4.6) and dexterity. To put it mildly, Thomas is a walking mismatch. While some have projected him as an offensive tackle on the next level, Thomas reports that the Mississippi State coaches expect him to be more of a pass catcher rather than a pass blocker.

"They want me to play tight end," Thomas said. "They told me that they like that I can play with my hand on the ground and that they can put me out wide. They said that they need me to come in ready to play and be able to do the things they need a tight end to do."

Thomas is expected to take his official visit to Starkville next month and then sign with the Bulldogs in February. A couple of SEC Western Division teams have been in touch recently and have talked about making things a little more interesting during the home stretch to national signing day.

"Ole Miss and LSU have both been talking to me," Thomas said. "I told both of them that I am a hard commit to Mississippi State. Neither one of them have offered yet. They've just been talking to me."

The south Mississippi product reports that other programs would have a tough time swaying away from the Bulldogs. 

"From the first time I went up there to Mississippi State, I just got a good feeling about it," Thomas said. "I just feel like that is the best place for me. Once they offered me, I went ahead and committed. I still feel like that's where I need to be."

Thomas chose the Bulldogs over offers from several programs including Memphis, North Carolina State and Troy among others. 

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