Tough for Irish to move up with Andrew Thomas

Four-star offensive tackle Andrew Thomas recaps his return visit to Notre Dame, including conversations with Irish offensive line coach Harry Hiestand. The Atlanta prospect explains where Notre Dame stands among favorites, with proximity working against the Irish.

A trio from Atlanta (Ga.) Pace Academy made the trip to Notre Dame for Irish Invasion, and the featured prospect from that group was offensive tackle Andrew Thomas.

It was the Scout 300 prospect's second visit to Notre Dame. His first came in January for Junior Day.

“I got to hang out with the players a lot more this time,” Thomas said. “It was good for building relationships with the them and the coaches.”

Accompanying Thomas on the trip from Pace were four-star junior offensive tackle Jamaree Salyer and three-star senior running back Deon Jackson.  Only Jackson worked out of the three, and the 6-foot, 203-pound athlete could soon join Thomas and Salyer in claiming a Notre Dame offer. As for Thomas declining the chance to work out for Harry Hiestand, injury played a part in that decision.

“I sprained my AC joint in my shoulder, so that’s why I didn’t work out,” Thomas said. “I still got to talk to coach Hiestand a lot. He said that I’m a perfect fit for their system. He doesn’t offer a lot of kids, only the ones he thinks will succeed in his system and definitely thinks I’m one of those players.”

Thomas entered the visit with Georgia and Clemson on top and Notre Dame in third. The same holds true following the trip.

“It hasn’t changed,” Thomas said. “Georgia and Clemson are at the top and then it’s Notre Dame.”

Thomas has no other visits planned for the summer. A decision could come before his senior year.

“I don’t really know when I’ll decide but it could be this summer,” Thomas said. “I just have to think about it with my parents and figure out the best place for me.”

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