Blocking Tight End Begins Visits

A big blocking tight end with 40 pancakes to his credit kicked off a tour of his top four college choices with a trip to West Virginia last weekend.

Big Sabree Thomas (6-4, 270 lbs., 4.7) made his first visit to the WVU campus, and came away impressed.

"I've seen a couple of their games, but this was the first time I've been to West Virginia," the Jacksonville, Fla., native said. "It was nice. We really enjoyed it. They showed me a good time, and showed me everything about the program.

"I'm interested in business management or business law, and I thought what WVU had was great. The told me about new technolgies they are using, and it was fascinating."

Coming from a large city like Jacksoville, Thomas might be expected to see some differences in the less busy atmosphere of Morgantown, but that's not the case. Thomas said he has "no problem" with the thought of living in a smaller city, and in fact might look forward to a less hurried pace.

"I wasn't really surprised by anything I saw. Garin Justice was my host, and he set me up. He showed me where the players hang out, and we had a good time."

Playing in a running offense at Ed White High, Thomas was primarly a blocker, but he excelled at that task.

"I had a good season. I block well, and my aggressiveness is a big help there. I explode off the ball really well."

The visit to WVU was the first on an expected five-school stop for Thomas. He plans to visit Florida State, Louisville, Georgia and Cincinnati before making his decision. Of those five, WVU and Lousiville have offered scholarships.

WVU will be very visible to Thomas this month, even though he has compeleted his official visit. He is expecting an in-home visit from the Mountaineer coaching staff this month, and also plans to check out the Mountaineers at the Gator Bowl.

Thomas is looking to improve his test score, and is scheduled to begin an independent study course to help in that area. He plans to take the SAT again on Jan. 22.


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