How did his official visit to Mississippi State go this weekend?
"It went well," said Thomas. "They fed us well and we got a tour of all the new facilities, the Palmeiro Center, the Crane Center with the new weight room and locker room, and the players' lounge."
Although he has made Starkville home for the past 10 years, there were things that he learned about Mississippi State for the first time this weekend.
"I learned that they are building a new academic center next to the M Club for student-athletes," he said. "(MSU Athletic Director) Mr. (Larry) Templeton showed the model that they have. It's pretty big. It's four stories. They said they are going to break ground soon and it should be in full use by 2007 or 2008."
He was also impressed with another new facility; the freshman dorms.
"I've been to the freshman dorm once or twice," said the 6-5, 235-pound youngster. "(The players) showed me their room. It is about as nice as some of the apartments around here."
Speaking of the players, he was impressed with the ones he met during the weekend.
"Johnny Carpenter was my host. I got to hang out with him and Quinton Wesley and Brandon Hart most of the time," said Thomas. "Quinton was Kyle Love's and Brandon's was Keith Mills. I didn't know many of the players except for Will Prosser. I liked the players that I met. They are real cool and laid back. We went to the players' lounge where they have the big tvs, pool tables and computers. There were a bunch of people there like Derek (Pegues), Michael Gates, Adron Chambers, Jamar Chaney."
Like the dorms, he was also very impressed with the new players' lounge, the Croom Room.
"It was great," he said. "You have a place to go hang out and relax or get on the computer or just watch tv."
With his final official visits now concluded, Thomas has it down to two schools. He talked about what he likes about each.
"It is down to Southern Miss and Mississippi State," he said. "With Mississippi State, it's home. It's been home for 10 years. The coaches are really passionate about the game and really passionate about turning the program around. They've really dedicated themselves to that. Southern Miss is not SEC football, but they still play some of the top people in the country. They proved themselves when they beat top ranked teams like Nebraska. Either way you go, you are going to play good football and have good coaches around you."
He has plans on making his decision within the next few hours.
"Hopefully, I will be able to make my mind up by tonight," said Thomas. "I wanted to take my visit this weekend, then get everything cleared up (in my mind)."
Will it be Southern Miss or Mississippi State? Check back later tonight for the official announcement.
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