Recruiting Ripple: Jonathan Thomas

Syracuse got the linebacker they wanted in three-star Jonathan Thomas. How big of a get is he for Syracuse? How does he impact things for the rest of the 2014 class and beyond? We break it all down inside.

Syracuse added to their linebacker haul in 2014 by adding three star prospect Jonathan Thomas during his official visit.

Regional Impact

Syracuse had made a habit of getting into Georgia during the Doug Marrone era. The Orange continued that pipeline by offering dozens of prospects in the Peach State this cycle. Those efforts were without results until Thomas committed over the weekend.

With the move to the ACC, it gives Syracuse a chance to get into some homes in the south they would not ordinarily be able to be a factor. Thomas is a prime example of that.

As Syracuse adds more and more prospects from the south, their name will be mentioned more frequently as a legitimate option. Thomas' commitment furthers those efforts.

Positional Impact

Syracuse thought they had four linebackers in 2014 until Jason Cabinda flipped. They have been looking for a replacement ever since. By adding Jonathan Thomas, they may have grabbed a prospect with more upside.

Thomas will play strong side linebacker when he arrives in Central New York, a position he loves. He is a natural fit with the size and speed to cover tight ends as well as be strong against the run.

Thomas rounds out the Orange's linebacker haul as they look to add depth with the loss of Marquis Spruill to graduation and Dyshawn Davis and Cam Lynch going into their senior seasons.

Where Does Syracuse Go From Here?

Syracuse is likely done at linebacker in the class, but will still look to finish the class with a bang. Steve Ishmael and Denzel Ward are still out there with decisions coming.

Final Thoughts

Thomas is an important commitment for Syracuse. With Justin Hughes remaining committed to Kansas State, Thomas was the last linebacker prospect giving Syracuse a serious look. If they missed on him, they would had to hit up the junior college ranks for a prospect. This was a classic case of Syracuse recruiting someone hard and making him a priority. A nice job by the Orange here.


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