East St. Louis (Ill.) High School senior standout wide receiver Jeff Thomas has narrowed his recruiting focus to two Southeastern Conference schools.
The four-star prospect, rated by Scout.com as the seventh-best wide receiver in the Class of 2017 and the 49th-best prospect overall, will be waiting a little while to decide between the two.
“I’m going to wait after the season,” Thomas said.
Missouri has done an impressive job of establishing a pipeline between East St. Louis and Columbia, Mo.
The Tigers currently have five Flyers on the roster — sophomore defensive tackle Terry Beckner Jr., sophomore running back Natereace Strong, sophomore safety Greg Taylor, freshman offensive lineman Tre'Vour Simms and junior walk-on safety Dominic Nelson — and have a verbal commitment from East St. Louis senior quarterback Reyondous Estes.
Missouri head coach Barry Odom and assistant coach Cornell Ford, the primary recruiter for the St. Louis area, were at the East St. Louis-CBC game on Saturday night after flying in on a helicopter just hours after playing the season opener at West Virginia.
“He just want to see how we play as a team and we came out with the W,” Thomas said of Odom.
It was an impressive W at that.
The passing game struggled to get going and Thomas was dealing with cramping and double teams but he still finished with four catches for 40 yards and a touchdown (along with a 2-point conversion reception).
The running game took over, led by junior running back Jarrell Anderson’s 235 yards and three touchdowns on 40 carries, and the Flyers got the go-ahead score in the final 30 seconds.
“It was good competition out there,” Thomas said, “something I like.”
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