The sting is still there for Reggie Thomas and his Abbeville Panthers teammates after falling in the AA state championship game last season. The 2012 cornerback put together an impressive stat line for one of the state's perennial powerhouses in AA last year as a junior. SCPrepNation.com caught up with Thomas as he's the latest player to be featured in our "UP NEXT" series.
As a junior last year Thomas had 58 tackles, 25 assists, 4 interceptions, 10 pass break ups, 1 fumble recovery, 1 tackle for loss. The 5'11 166 pound prospect strolled back down memory lane for us.
Asked to look back at last season and talk about his best game as a junior Thomas replied, "I believe my best game last season was in the Upper State championship against Lamar. I put up some good numbers. I had 2 interceptions, 6 solo tackles, 2 assists and 1 pass break up. It was such a memorable game because I caught an interception in the 4th quarter in the endzone to keep them from scoring which sealed the game. The score ended up 20-12."
Abbeville plays a tough schedule and they face a lot of top talent each and every week. Thomas talked about the toughest matchup he saw last year as well.
"The toughest receiver I faced last year was Calhoun County's Mark Irick. He was kind of tough to play because of his height and route running abilities."
A number of colleges have already started the recruiting process with Thomas and he told us which schools have are in the mix currently.
We went over the junior standout's highlight film but we asked him where he felt his strengths are currently on the field and where he'd like to solidify his game further.
"As of now I believe my biggest strengths are covering and just reading the offense. To get better for next season I plan on becoming faster, and stronger. I'm also working on my agility, awareness, and becoming an even more harder hitter."
Having won a state championship last season there's little surprise as to what he's got his eyes set on for his senior season. There's also one game in particular that he's looking forward to lacing them up for as well.
"My team goals for next season are to help my team back to state championship game and win. My personal goals are just to become a better player and help my teammates become better as well.
"It would have to be Chester. They are a really good team and last year we played them we came up short. They were our first opponent of the season."
When it comes to this off season the Abbeville standout already has camp plans and he shared them with us.
"So far I will be attending the Blue Chip football camp at Mars Hill. Hopefully I will be able to attend the camps at the school that I've been talking to."
Reggie also talked about what factors he'll be weighing the most when looking at colleges.
"Education would play a big role in my college decision. Also location, facilities, and the coaching staff."
Stay tuned to SCPrepNation.com for more updates concering Reggie Thomas and other top prospects here in the Palmetto State. Check back later to see Thomas in action as we'll bring you his junior season highlights.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS...REGGIE THOMAS
Bench press: 240 pounds
Squat: 365 pounds
Power clean: 225 pounds
Fastest 40 time: 4.63 seconds
Pro shuttle: 4.38 seconds