East Central Community College head football coach Ken Karcher believes the Bulldogs have inked a quality person and football player in Jordan Thomas. Karcher has over twenty years of coaching experience since his days as a Denver Bronco ended and believes Thomas has the potential to play a lot of football in the coming years.
"First of all, Jordan is a tremendous individual," Coach Karcher shared. "He is a high character guy and part of a great family. He is a tremendous work ethic and that is only going to get better as he matures."
Thomas was named Most Improved Offensive Player by the ECCC coaching staff following his sophomore season in Decatur, The Sumrall, Mississippi native was also named to the NJCAA All-Region team as the second team tight end.
Karcher believes that Thomas' best football lies ahead as the talented big man adjusts to life in the Southeastern Conference.
"Athletically, he has everything you're looking for in a tight end," Karcher said. "You have a guy 6-7, 275 pounds running a 4.7 40. He just has all of the attributes that you are looking for in a tight end. He still has some work to do and he still needs to refine his skills, but he has everything you're looking for.
"He'll only get better as he matures, but I am excited for him and his future. I think Mississippi State is getting a tremendous individual on and off of the field."
The Bulldogs needed to add some new names to the tight end personnel group that has been hurt by some attrition. Senior Darrion Hutcherson has exhausted his college eligibility, redshirt freshman B.J. Hammond elected to leave the team and senior to be, Gus Walley, faces an uncertain football future due to injury.
Coach Karcher expects Thomas and his natural skills to bring something interesting into the Bulldog tight end mix.
"I played in the NFL and I have coached three tight ends that I have gone on to play in the NFL," Karcher shared. "I believe Jordan can be better than all of them. Now he's not there yet and he still has a lot to do to mature, but he can be special.
"I just believe that he has the skills and the potential to be a real special player."
With Thomas' impressive size, one may consider moving the athletic tight end to offensive tackle or possibly to the defensive side of the football. Coach Karcher reports that he and his staff never gave a position change any serious consideration.
"You have a guy that size running as well as he does with some really solid ball skills," Karcher said. "It was an easy decision for us to keep him at tight end. I guess people could move him to tackle if they wanted to, but that's not what we did. I'm a guy who coached three NFL tight ends and it didn't make sense to me to move him. I think he's right where he needs to be to be."
Thomas is set to graduate from East Central in the spring. The three star product plans to relocate to Starkville as soon as he can to being summer workouts with the Bulldog players and strength and conditioning staff.