Thomason talks Vanderbilt

One of the most sought after defensive ends in the Peach State is Justin Thomason from Eagles Landing Christian Academy in McDonough, GA. The 6-3, 240 pound senior finished last season with 9 sacks and 75 tackles. With around twenty offers so far, Thomason has a few schools that he currently likes.

"Based on what I've seen so far on my visits and the camps, I would say Vanderbilt, Georgia, North Carolina, Southern Miss, and Boston College stand out the most," Thomason said. "They are pretty much all even now. I will probably narrow it down after football season. I will probably make my decision sometime after that."

The ELCA squad has a legitimate four FBS prospects this season and in their first game of the season Thomason didn't disappoint with two sacks. It seems that he is building on the momentum that he created this past summer when he earned rave reviews at a number of college camps. He holds offers from the likes of Boston College, Louisville, North Carolina, Pittsburgh, Vanderbilt, UCF, and Washington State. The Commodores are right in the thick of things as Thomason recognizes what Coach James Franklin is building in Nashville and he likes what he sees.

"I like the education at Vanderbilt and that you can also compete in a great conference," he said. "I like Coach (James) Franklin; he's a great coach that is probably going to take the program to the top."

Despite not being ready to name a leader and waiting until after the season to make a decision, Thomason knows exactly what he is looking for in a school.

"I'm looking for three things in a college, the degree, the conference, and then the playing time that I would get," said Thomason.

A decision at the end of the season means that this fall will be a crucial time for Thomason. This fall he plans on taking official visits to schools that are far away. He also likes the fact that he can unofficially visit the schools that are within driving distance. It wouldn't be a surprise to also see Thomason attend a number of relatively local college games. However, you can be sure that Thomason plans on checking out each school thoroughly and using each visit to figure out what school fits him the best.

"I plan on taking visits to the far away schools like Indiana, North Carolina, and schools like that," he said. "The schools like Vanderbilt and Georgia, I will probably drive to their games."

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