L.T. Thomas Recruiting Update

New Smyrna Beach HS wide receiver L.T. Thomas has numerous colleges calling him, with the offers to go along with most of those that are calling him.

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"Florida, Tennessee, South Carolina, Louisville, West Virginia, Mississippi State, Kentucky, FAU (Florida Atlantic University) and UCF (University of Central Florida) are calling me," said the very likeable L.T. Thomas.

Although he plays both wide receiver and defensive back, schools are recruiting him for the offensive side of the ball.

"They are all recruiting me as a receiver," said L.T., who, as a junior, recorded 36 receptions for 500 yards and 8 TDs. "That's what I want to play in college."

As for offers, seven schools have extended them his way, with one more, possibly, on the way.

"West Virginia, Mississippi State, Louisville, Tennessee, South Carolina, Kentucky and UCF have offered," said the 6-2, 211-pounder. "Florida hasn't offered, but they said they are going to."

Does he have a list of 5 or 6 schools that he is most interested in?

"I'm pretty serious about a lot of them, but I know I only have five visits," said the level-headed youngster. "UCF and Florida are in-state and I don't really want to waste an official visit going in-state when I can just drive there. But I know the official visit is a lot different due to what they can do for you."

Speaking of official visits, has he started setting them up?

"As of right now, I haven't set up any, but I am definitely going to visit Mississippi State, Louisville, West Virginia and I'm pretty sure I will take a visit to Florida," he said. "That last visit is pretty open. I am going to set up mine after our season is over. It would be too much to play a game on Friday, then get out of here Saturday morning and get back (Sunday)."

Obviously, my website is a Mississippi State site. So, it would have been remiss of me to not ask him his thoughts about State.

What is his recruiting coach telling him why MSU likes him so much?

"(Assistant Coach Shane) Beamer talked to me about the youth of their team. He said that I'm big, physical, speedy and a playmaker. He also said they need that impact receiver and they think I can be that."

What does he know about State?

"I know they are young and have the athletes. They just don't have that impact player, somebody that can come in and change the entire outlook of the game."

What does he like about MSU?

"Truthfully, it is the coaches. The coach that is recruiting me is straight-forward. He doesn't tell me what he thinks I want to hear."

L.T. mentioned earlier that he was told by Shane Beamer that he has the ability to be a playmaker. Going along those lines, I asked L.T. how much he can lift, his forty speed and what his vertical leap is?

"This summer I bench pressed 425, squatted 415 and cleaned 295," said the yes sir, no sir youngster. "We worked out two time a day during the summer. A lot of players have speed, but we wanted to get that extra edge. (Together), speed and strength kills. The last time I did my vertical (jump) I did 34. I run a high 4.4 to low 4.5 forty."

Oh yeah, he's also a very well-rounded youngster off the field who makes almost all A's, was selected Homecoming King this year and, yes, dates the cheerleading captain.

To watch a video of this outstanding young student-athlete, click the link below.

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