Thomas pondering SMU

Powerful lineman Poet Thomas recently picked up an SMU offer and has Mustangs in his top five

After picking up an offer last month, County Day (MI) lineman Poet Thomas has been thinking long and hard about SMU.

"SMU is definitely in my mind. They really came out of the blue. I didn't even know they were looking at me," Thomas said. "They definitely stand really high right now and are coming into play with other big offers that I have right now. SMU just seems like a good school."

Thomas currently has SMU in his top five along with Florida, Colorado, Michigan State and Alabama. He said one of the big advantages SMU holds is defensive line coach Bert Hill, who has been instrumental in the three-star's recruitment.

"Coach Hill is a very nice guy. He's really straightforward. The first time I talked to him, he told me that they had really high interest," Thomas said. "He said I was at the top of their board. I plan to talk to him soon. He's told me that I was athletic and that I have everything they're looking for."

But Thomas will most likely play on the offensive side of the ball at SMU, something he's not necessarily too excited about. Thomas explained that he will be entering his third year at defensive tackle and has only played sparingly on the offensive line.

"Coach Hill said I was one of their top offensive guards or tackles. I don't mind playing offense, but it'll be a transition," he said. "I've been getting used to it at camps, but I still need to improve on it. I've played defense for the last four years and that's my preference. I would like to play defense, but I feel I can succeed on either side of the ball."

Thomas says he hopes to visit all of the schools that have offered him but doesn't have any trips officially schedule. However, he did say an official visit to SMU in the fall is very possible.

"I really want to visit SMU. I want to see what it's like down south and how it's different from the north," Thomas said. "Zach and Prescott Line are from my hometown and they like it down there so I want to see what it's like for myself."

For now, the 6-foot-6, 280-pounder is primarily focused on training for the upcoming season in hopes of finally leading his team deep into the playoffs.

"I want to help us get past the first round of the playoffs this year and win state. We are all working hard," Thomas said. "I've been running and working hard in the weight room. Things I've taken from camps, I try to show my teammates. I just want to in the best shape possible and be a senior leader."

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