Despite receiving a scholarship offer from Florida State within the past week, the No. 5 center for the Class of 2014 remains a firm commitment to the Vols by all means.
"I'm 100-percent firm to Tennessee right now," the FOX Sports/Scout three-star said after the Vols' victory Saturday. "I said before I committed that once I decided on where I wanted to go I was going to stay committed to that program. Orange is in my blood now."
Thomas expects to be a part of the team come Jan. 6, as he plans to graduate in December from Fort Chiswell High School and then enroll in the spring at Tennessee.
"It's really exciting to think about it all, especially about the program that Butch Jones is building here," he said. "They are all in with everybody and have a great family environment. It's a great feeling to be committed to one of the best programs ever in the history of college football."
So far this season the 6-foot-6, 305-pound center as well as defensive lineman has been a vital part of the success for the Bulldogs who are off to a 4-0 start and will next face Thomasville (N.C) High School.
Not only has Thomas recorded 28 tackles, but also he has been graded out at over 85 percent for every game on the offensive line.
"I've played pretty well so far this season. Our offensive line has played really solid. It's all about winning, that's our ultimate goal. I've really been dedicated to being a student of the game."
A former NFL Pro Bowler provides the future Volunteer with a trailblazed path to owning the interior of the offense.
"My favorite center used to be Jeff Saturday," he said. "I liked to watch him and try and learn from what he did out on the field and learn the different protections. It has helped me progress in my game."
While contact with coaches has been limited to a degree during the season for him, he has struck up many friendships with current Tennessee players that he talks to on a regular basis.
Thomas plans to make his official visit to Tennessee next weekend for the Georgia game, in which the Vols will bring out their smokey grey jerseys for the first time since they had the color in use back in the 1915 season.
"If they can pull the upset that will be remarkable," he said. "It will be a great atmosphere and it will be great to come back for that game."
He, like nearly every other recruit, is a big fan of the new home alternate jerseys.
"I love the grey jerseys," he said. It's a good look and an awesome alternate jersey."