Texas Raids JUCOs for Tight End Commit

Texas hauled in commitment No. 19 on Saturday when junior college tight end John Thomas picked the Longhorns over other BCS offers.

Thomas originally signed with LSU out of Airline High School in Bossier City, La., but he tore his ACL as a senior and failed to qualify. Instead, he went to Trinity Valley Community College, where he's grown to 6-foot-6 and 255 pounds.

He was 6-5 and 235 in high school when he earned a four-star ranking and was set as the No. 3 tight end in the country. He grabbed 30 passes for 575 yards and seven touchdowns as a junior, but injured his knee when it was caught underneath him in a preseason scrimmage in the fall before his senior season.

According to FOXSportsNext's Scott Eklund at JCFootball.com, Thomas is seen as "an emerging star."

"Thomas is big, he's a physical blocker and he's got the soft hands and athleticism you're looking for in a medium-range target in the passing game," Eklund wrote. "Definitely a player to keep an eye on in the coming weeks and months."

Thomas visited the Longhorns on Friday before committing Saturday. He chose Texas over offers from Auburn, Baylor and Florida.


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