One of the Georgia’s top defensive ends has named four finalists.
However, Jhaustin Thomas, says its really down to two schools.
“It’s between Florida and South Carolina,” Thomas told the AJC on Saturday evening.
The 6-foot-6, 240-pounder from Columbia High School attended Will Muschamp Camp earlier this month, and admits he nearly committed on the spot to Florida.
“At first, I was going to do it,” Thomas said. “Then I decided I wanted to visit some other schools to have something to compare with Florida, and to be sure I’m making the right choice. Because once I commit, it’s over.”
Thomas plans to visit South Carolina in July, and possibly his two other finalists — Alabama and Clemson. He wishes to commit before the start of his senior season.
“It’s going to be interesting where he goes,” Columbia coach Mario Allen said. “I know Florida, from my understanding after talking with Jhaustin, I know he’s leaning toward Florida. But I don’t know what’s going to happen at the end. It’s his decision.
“I’ve been trying to encourage Jhaustin to consider committing this summer because once football season is over, he goes straight into basketball. He’s one of the better basketball players in Class AAA. He won’t have time [to take official visits] and see the schools like he really wants to do. We’ll see how it all pans out. He has a lot of upside, a lot of upside.”
What do the college scouts like about Thomas? “His size, how well he dominates, and how well he plays with his hands. He’s just an athlete. He’s a kid with great size and strength who can run.”
Thomas is one of Atlanta’s top two-sport athletes, also starring at forward for Columbia’s basketball team. Thomas was a rebounding machine, averaging 9.4 per game last season, while helping Columbia win the state championship. His will focus on football in college but would like to play basketball, too, if the opportunity is presented.
Thomas also claimed an early offer from UGA. Defensive end is one of Georgia’s deepest positions for college prospects in 2012. UGA already has commitments from two prospective defensive ends in Georgia Military junior college’s Jalen Fields and Jenkins County’s James DeLoach; Georgia Tech also has a pair with Lanier County’s Junior Gnonkonde and Central Gwinnett’s Francis Kallon (the transfer from London, England).
– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog Got a recruiting item? firstname.lastname@example.org
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