Wisconsin OL Has Offer From Irish

<P>Left tackle is a big need area for Notre Dame this year. It's also a position that is hard to find often. Athletic big men who can move is a hot commodity in all sports. Central HS in Brookfield, WI is home to Joe Thomas. Thomas is one very big and athletic left tackle prospect who is very interested in Notre Dame.</P>

Joe Thomas is 6-8 and 270 pounds. He recently attended Notre Dame camp and was offered. He also ran a mind-blowing 4.78 in the 40 at Notre Dame camp.

"I have 7 offers so far. Wisconsin, Iowa, Purdue, USC, Colorado, Northwestern and Notre Dame. The only camp I attended this year was Notre Dame.

I asked Joe what he thought of the ND camp and his visit. "I really liked the campus. I was very impressed with Notre Dame. I met a lot of genuine people. I really liked the coaching staff. I got to meet the OL coach. I talked with coach Willingham for a very long time. He is a great guy and I really like him. Coach Mattison is recruiting me and I talked to him for quite a while as well. I really like. He is just a good guy. I really felt comfortable there.

I asked Joe what was going to be important to him in his decision. "Academics are the most important thing to me. I need to get a good education. I also want to go to a team that is going to be successful and win some games."

Joe said he plans to take all his visits. He plans to make his decision in late December or early January. "I am not sure who I want to visit yet. I will probably visit Colorado. I am not sure I will visit Notre Dame. I have already been there a couple times and I plan on going to a game there this year as well. I plan on going to quite a few games but I am not sure which ones yet.

Many people speculate this will be a Notre Dame/Wisconsin battle. I asked Joe about that. "I haven't narrowed it down yet. I haven't eliminated anyone yet. Those two schools are probably at the top of my list. My cousin is Mark LeVoir so a lot of my family are urging me to Notre Dame. I am just going to wait and see what happens."

Comments. First, Thomas isn't a 1 star as he is ranked by Insiders. He is one of the top OL prospect on the Notre Dame board. I have heard that Notre Dame loves this player. I also believe it will be a Notre Dame/Wisconsin battle. My gut feeling is it will be Notre Dame. When I make these predicitions, it's just my own biased opinion so keep that in mind. I do think he will end up at Notre Dame in the end.

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