RECRUITING: Impact Analysis -- Connor Thomas

CONNOR THOMAS' VERBAL in June to the Beavers set off a chain reaction, one that quickly saw a gaggle of players give their pledge to the Orange and Black for the 2011 class. Now that the dust has settled, at least for the time being, it's time to take a closer, in-depth look at what Thomas' verbal to Oregon State means for the program.

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CONNOR THOMAS 101:  A two-time, first team All-State offensive guard at Flathead High, Thomas has started for the Braves since his sophomore year.

Thomas also cracks pads at defensive tackle where he puts his wrestling skills to the test.  He has finished third in the State AA wrestling tournament two years in a row.

OSU PROJECTED POSITION:  OT  | CURRENT POSITIONS: OG/DT

WHY HE CHOSE OSU:  Connor's older brother Tyler had only good things to say about the coaching staff and the university so as Connor stated he had "Oregon State tunnel vision."


DID YOU KNOW:  Connor is Montana's reigning state prep champion in the shot put with a personal best of 51'6"


WHY OSU OFFERED:  After performing well at the 2010 Corvallis NIKE camp the coaches came away impressed with Thomas' effort, size and the fact that he is one of the top wrestlers in the state of Montana.

OSU CONNECTION:  Thomas older brother, Tyler, signed with the Beavers in 2009.

PROJECTED IMPACT:  Thomas moves well for his 6-foot-5, 260-pound frame which is a must for a Beaver lineman.  He is solidly put together, with a thick upper body and can easily add 10-20 pounds without losing a step.

Although he has experience with the interior of the line, it looks like he will make a move to the outside.

Thomas will almost certainly redshirt and have to wait a year before contributing, but his enthusiastic attitude and work ethic could earn him some playing time as a redshirt freshman.

THE LEAGUE:  Even though the Western AA League is the premier high school football league in Montana, Thomas won't go up against many BCS caliber players.  His blend of strength and speed will be rarely matched.

THE FLATHEAD PROGRAM:  Head coach Russell McCarvel is entering his fourth year at Flathead and 22nd year of coaching.  In his four years with the Braves he has complied a 15-18 record with last year's 2-8 record being his only losing season.  

Before coming to Flathead he was the running backs coach for the 2005 NAIA national champions Carroll College where he helped sculpt two 1,000 yard rushers in '05.

The last time the Braves made it to the state championship was in 1970.

RECRUITING IN MONTANA:  Montana produces on average one to two BCS recruits each year.

STANDOUT BEAVERS FROM MONTANA:  DT Dwan Edwards, DT Pernell Booth

 

SCHOLARSHIP RECAP

ESTIMATED TOTAL SCHOLARSHIPS LEFT: 16

ESTIMATED SCHOLIES LEFT FOR OT: 1

OT ON SCHOLARSHIP: 6

OUTLOOK:  Oregon State coaches have told recruits they will take four lineman in the 2011 class.  Thomas could lineup at either guard or tackle, but we are predicting tackle.  The Beavers have 12 known offers out to offensive tackles at the moment.  One more offensive tackle would seemingly fill the 2011 need.


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