There were no shortage of perennial powers pursuing him, as Thomas had offers on the table from Florida, LSU and Louisville along with SEC West schools like Ole MIss, Arkansas and Mississippi State. He confirmed his choice of the Vols over the Bulldogs to Scout.com analyst Ryan Jordan.
"I committed to Tennessee today," he said in an interview with Jordan this afternoon. "I felt that was the best place for me and they have a great academic program. I think I can go in and get immediate playing time."
Tennessee overcame Mississippi State's home-state and last-visit advantage to woe Thomas away from the Dogs. The reason is academic.
"The academic support separated them," Thomas said. "I also felt like they would be more successful."
"I just called Coach Caldwell," he told Jordan. "He said he was happy and he was glad I was going to be part of the family. He couldn't wait to get me down there and coach me."
As a senior, Victor Thomas, who is fully qualified, recorded 44 tackles and 6.5 sacks to earn first team, all-state honors. He compares well, in terms of speed and size, to many of the nation's the top defensive prospects, even if his numbers don't. That may have done much with the fact opponents could run away from him in high school. Whatever Thomas might lack in lofty prospect status, he makes up for in sheer ambition.
"I see myself being at least second string if not starting this year," he said.
There's no doubting in this Thomas.