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Tavion Thomas Is Open To The Idea Of Joining Jaelen Gill In OSU's Backfield

Dayton Dunbar running back Tavion Thomas is intrigued by a potential future pairing in the Ohio State backfield.


At 6-2, 225, four-star running back Tavion Thomas out of Dayton Dunbar is ecstatic to be holding an offer from Alabama, a team that employs a physical running game. 

That offer from the Crimson Tide led to Thomas receiving a number of formal invitations from other top programs, including Ohio State. 

While Alabama can use its power-running attack as an attractive feature to reel in Thomas, the Buckeyes have their own selling point. Jaelen Gill, a four-star athlete from Westerville (Ohio) South who is already committed to OSU, will more than likely be used as an H-back for the Scarlet and Gray, making the potential backfield tandem of Gill and Thomas appealing.       

“We talk almost every day,” Thomas said of Gill and himself at The Nike Opening Cleveland Regional on Sunday. “We’ve really got a good connection. I think we’d be nasty playing with each other because I know he’s like a (former OSU H-back) Curtis Samuel and I’m like a power back, so it’d work really good.”

While that would be quite the pairing, the 211th overall prospect and the No. 15 tailback in the 2018 class said he ultimately wants to do what’s best for him.

“It’s not about (Gill). It’s about where I fit at,” said Thomas, who plans to attend the Buckeyes’ spring game on Saturday. “I would like to play with somebody that I am comfortable with like a brother. It would be great playing with him.”

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