Speaking with the coach of 2015 Many (La.) three-star offensive lineman Garrett Thomas, it’s not hard to figure out what stands out most about his star pupil.
“You can start off with his size you know the first time you see him he’s 6-6, 315 and is a big strong kid that works hard in the weight room,” Thomas’ coach Jess Curtis said. “Then you look at his grades and he’s a 4.0 kid, very smart. So, you bring a kid that’s as big and powerful as he is and as smart as he is, those are two good attributes to have.
“On the field he’s real physical, we’re a run style offense, two back set and we run the football a lot and Garrett is a road grader, plays the game nasty and between the whistles.
“Things he’s had to improve upon, maybe his pass pro which is no fault of his own since we don’t pass the ball a lot. What he’s done is spend a lot of time at camps working on it so he’ll be ready at the next level.”
At the next level, the massive athlete could play a variety of positions along the offensive line, while most schools appear to have Thomas pegged for one over others.
“Most people envision him being a right tackle,” Curtis said. “Then there’s some schools that look at him at either side and then there’s the potential that being as physical as he is he could slide inside to guard.
“That’s the kind of thing he brings to the table, extremely smart kid that could help the team inside or outside. But I think most schools that have came through and offered are offering him as a tackle.”
Michigan is one program that has continued to remain in constant contact with Thomas and his coach, the Wolverines even made it down in the spring to get a better look at the 6-foot-6, 315-pounder.
“I’ve talked to Coach Funk and Coach Jackson,” Curtis said. “Coach Jackson recruits this area and being a Louisiana guy that’s the first guy I had contact with and Coach Funk came down in the spring for the spring game and I really enjoyed getting to meet him.
“We’re trying to get Garrett up there to Michigan to visit but that’s a trip and a half there. Michigan’s offer brings a lot to the table. Michigan is known for what they do especially with the offensive line and putting people to the next level, which is very intriguing to Garrett as well.”
Although a date hasn’t been picked out for an unofficial visit in July, Thomas’ coach believes it’s important to get him to Ann Arbor in order for Michigan to cement themselves in his recruitment.
“We’re trying to do that because that’s part of the deal getting him to see the big house and stuff like that,” Curtis said. “To give Michigan a fair shot you want him to look at their campus and see.
“You hear of all the great things they’ve done with their linemen but I feel you probably need to get on campus at some point. His schedule is so busy, we’re just trying to find time in July to hit these schools that he’s zeroing in on.”
Thomas places a great deal of importance on academics and finding a consistent football winner when thinking about his commitment.
“I think he’s thinking about that,” Curtis said. “He’s going to be an early enrolled guy so I think he was wanting to make a decision this summer but he’s got to feel good about the decision and if he’s still not sure about it and still wants to visit some places that’s probably an avenue he might take. That’s basically going to be his call.”