The next commitment?

The Gamecocks picked up big commitments from Matt Coffee and Aldrick Fordham last week, giving them seven verbal pledges for the class of 2009. Marlboro County (Bennettsville, SC) wide receiver Kinsman Thomas says commitment No. 8 may not be far behind. Read inside as the three-star prospect tells when he will commit and why the Gamecocks have separated themselves from the pack.

The 6'2", 194-pound Thomas now has offers from South Carolina, NC State, Illinois, Vanderbilt and Buffalo, but one program has firmly established themselves as the leader for the three-star prospect.

"South Carolina," Thomas responded when asked who his leader is. "I like their graduation rates and the school. I also like the coaching staff."

South Carolina recruiting coordinator and quarterbacks coach David Reaves is recruiting Thomas for the Gamecocks. Thomas described Reaves as a "cool, down-to-earth guy." The polished receiver detailed the recruiting pitch Reaves has used to get him interested in South Carolina.

"He says that they're going to have a powerhouse. And he says that if I know the plays there's a good chance I could start early."

Thomas turned in an impressive performance in the May Armour Camp in Charlotte on his way to earning First Team All-Combine honors at receiver. Thomas' work to get noticed by colleges may soon be over as the nation's No. 133 receiver according to says he is ready to make a decision.

"I'm going to try and make it and go ahead and commit (to South Carolina) at that camp on July 18."

Thomas described what pushed South Carolina over the top for him, and why he will likely commit to the home-state Gamecocks in ten days.

"I mean I just really like South Carolina, and I wouldn't mind playing for Coach Steve Spurrier."

Thomas says the Gamecocks are recruiting him as an athlete, but he will more than likely start out at receiver. Thomas hauled in 27 balls for 591 yards and 8 touchdowns from that spot in Marlboro County's offense last season.

Thomas, who has visited South Carolina "four or five times," says he hopes to bring his powerful style to the Garnet and Black next year. He described himself as a "powerhouse," who is "strong, physical and determined on the field."

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