Here are three updates on Joe Thomas from The Insiders, posted within the last 24 hours:
FROM JOSH CLARK OF HEARLAND RECRUITING
You have to look no further than Brookfield, Wisconsin for one of the nation's elite uncommitted prospects. TheInsiders.com #7 Offensive Lineman Joe Thomas is taking this weekend off due to preparation for school exams, but will be headed to a Big 12 school once again the following weekend.
"My friend, Gavin Ball, is headed to Kansas for track and requested that I check the school out," Joe informed HeartlandRecruiting. "I'm not sure how serious my interest is, but I will be going into the visit with an open mind. I'll have a better idea after I leave Lawrence."
Thomas, who has already taken visits to Colorado, Nebraska, and Virginia Tech, is exploring another potential visit.
"I have Stanford in the back of my mind for a visit on the 31st. Other than that, I'm still considering Wisconsin and Notre Dame."
FROM THE HUSKER CONNECTION (Nebraska site)
Joe Thomas - OL - 6-8, 270, 4.78/40 - Brookfield, WI.(Central) - Joe has taken this process and strung it out, almost all the way to the end. Actually, Joe plans on stringing it out right up to that point or as he stated, "maybe a couple of days before". This obviously referring to signing day and oh, how so many people want to know where this pancaking machine will be inking his signature on the dotted line.
"I've got one visit left." Joe stated. That's got to be a relief, but the problem is, he hasn't scheduled it yet and isn't quite sure as to where the visit will go. "It's probably between Stanford and Georgia Tech."
You might say that Joe isn't quite sure of what he is going to do, but expect him to have this visit done by the 24th. "Hopefully, by the end of next week, I will have a clearer idea." Joe said referring to narrowing his list.
And, since you asked, his list goes as follows, of course, in no particular order. Stanford, Georgia Tech, Colorado, Nebraska, Kansas, Virginia Tech, Wisconsin and Miami. That's a lot of narrowing Joe is going to have to do in such a short amount of time.
To the obligatory question, does Joe have a leader? "There's a lot of good schools out there, but I don't have any one team really picked out right now."
Again, Joe said that this could go all the way to signing day, but as that is just a few weeks away, nobody is waiting long for his decision.
FROM THEBOOTLEG.COM (Stanford Site)
Stanford fans have been hopeful to get elite offensive tackle Joe Thomas on campus this weekend, but that looks like it will not happen.
The Wisconsin talent told The Bootleg that he has a basketball conflict this weekend that would keep him from flying to any school for a visit until Saturday. He then has exams at his school starting the next Monday, and says his mother almost certainly will not let him travel a great distance right before finals.
So while he says that he is looking at Stanford or Georgia Tech as possibilities this weekend, he also says "it's looking almost impossible to pull off."
This proves a tough loss and terrible shame for the Cardinal, who Thomas says is the one school he most badly wants to see. Of his top schools, he has already visited Colorado, Nebraska and Virginia Tech. His fourth scheduled visit is for January 24 when he heads to Lawrence, KS.
Kansas? Yes, Kansas. Thomas is a bigtime discuss and shotput thrower with high aspirations to train for the 2008 Olympics, and the quality of the throwing at each school looms large in his decision. Therein lies the attraction of Kansas.
Stanford has a decisive edge in this process, though, as Thomas says that Cardinal throwing coach Rob Weir is "probably the best throws coach." Weir has numerous coaching and athletic accolades, including three Olympics of his own and the role of Great Britain's track and field team captain in Sydney in 2000.
Thomas also says that he is still finishing his Stanford application, with one essay remaining. Time is ticking away, and the door appears to be closing on this recruitment. Notable teams recruiting Thomas who also have yet to land an official visit are the in-state Badgers, plus Notre Dame. He has been to both places before unofficially and says he rather not trip either place officially unless he has to.
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