Steve Spurrier lands ‘dominant’ Georgia DE Jhaustin Thomas

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Jhaustin Thomas, one of the state’s top defensive ends, committed to South Carolina on Saturday. He is commit No. 8 from the state of Georgia for Steve Spurrier’s 2012 college football recruiting class.

Thomas is a 6-foot-6, 240-pounder from DeKalb’s Columbia High School who was also hearing from Auburn, Tennessee and Alabama.

“South Carolina is getting a kid with a lot of upside,” Columbia coach Mario Allen told the AJC. “He’s still learning football and he’s still growing. But I think he will definitely be a kid who can probably help South Carolina in his first year. He’s 6-6, close to 6-7, and can run. He has a dominating presence on the football. South Carolina is getting a kid who will work hard and is going to come out and compete on a daily basis.”

Last week, Thomas was matched up against Cedar Grove offensive tackle Brandon Greene, who has committed to Alabama. “We move Thomas around to different spots along the defensive line, but when they went head-to-head against each other, Jhaustin got the best of him,” Allen said.

Spurrier strikes again with Columbia HS two-sport standout Jhaustin Thomas (AJC photo by Michael Carvell)

Spurrier strikes again with Columbia HS two-sport standout Jhaustin Thomas (AJC photo by Michael Carvell)

“Jhaustin is a having a pretty good senior season. Of course, everybody knows who he is, unlike last year, so he doesn’t have a same type of stats. So he’s getting double- and tripled-teamed every game. People are pretty much running away from him. But he still has been a dominant force.”

Why South Carolina? “I think they did the best job of recruiting Jhaustin,” Allen said. “They never swayed. South Carolina always made him feel like a priority. [South Carolina defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward] did a great job of recruiting him. They developed a good relationship, they bonded, and that really swayed Jhaustin.”

Thomas also plays a basketball, and started at forward on Columbia’s state championship basketball team last year. He will be signing a football scholarship at South Carolina but may try to play both sports.

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DawgZeppelin

October 1st, 2011
4:27 pm

bo

October 1st, 2011
4:39 pm

“who was also hearing from Auburn, Tennessee and Alabama.” so was he offered by others or not?

Bear

October 1st, 2011
4:45 pm

I am sure he is a great student.

bdawg

October 1st, 2011
4:51 pm

Congratulations Jhaustin on your college scholarship and best of luck in the SEC

DawgZeppelin

October 1st, 2011
4:55 pm

Good luck to the young man.

twest

October 1st, 2011
5:16 pm

Hey Carvell I think you right on with this kid. THIS one will be one of those who come back and bite the Dawgs. I saw him in state championship and he’s a beast! He will be a good rush end.

won't matter

October 1st, 2011
5:48 pm

until garcia is gone.

RomeDawg

October 1st, 2011
6:14 pm

Good luck in the SEC. I hope you have a great career. Atleast you didn’t “wuss out” and go to an ACC school.

slydog

October 1st, 2011
6:57 pm

good luck young man. see you in columbia next year.

bucket

October 1st, 2011
7:48 pm

Don’t tell Tide Roll that he got the best of an Alabama line recruit!

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

October 1st, 2011
7:54 pm

Can this dude throw the ball? Cause if he can’t, them turkeys are screwed. Connor Shaw, nope. Stephen “Id rather get drunk than play football” Garcia, nope, not even against possibly the worst pass defense in the SEC. BTW, what is this guy, 24? 25? How many grades did this dude have to repeat. Gottal love those “entrance requirements” at South Carolina. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

Bobby cremins

October 1st, 2011
9:20 pm

He owns ugh, what can o say?

Steve superior

October 1st, 2011
9:27 pm

Couldn’t throw it this year and it didn’t matter, Marcus got us185 and it was so quiet, or can’t you remember 3 weeks ago? And, I know, the bulldog mantra, next year……….

Stanco

October 2nd, 2011
1:02 am

Will there be any talented recruits remaining for UGA to sign after Alabama, South Carolina, Florida State and Tennesse finish raiding Georgia????? Mark Richt…..Dead Man Walking…..

Paddy

October 2nd, 2011
4:36 am

Stanco….you may be right. UGA always gets their share of in-state kids. Every time a players goes out of state I think the same way. But we have so many good ones, we can’t get them all. We just need ro steal a few more out of Fla. Right now I am soooo glad we signed Mitchell and not FSU.

slydog

October 2nd, 2011
6:13 am

In all of the state of Georgia, you mean to tell me we can’t land ONE Nico Johnson. One Courtney Upshaw, One Donta Hightower, One Mark Barron! Yeah UGA gets their share, of what’s leftover. Think about it. Every time Auburn has a so-called “special” season, GA players are the “special” ones on their roster.

Sum ting wong

October 2nd, 2011
7:51 am

Chill guys!

At 6″6 240 the guys a rail.

Zero leverage with this build and an athletic 300 lb right tackle will pancake him.

Go Dawgs!

C'mon man

October 2nd, 2011
8:16 am

Spurrier hasnt won anything since last century and he’s getting senile. The old ball coach used his last timeout with the play clock already stopped and the next play don’t have time to set up a field goal. I hope this kid is looking forward to playing for Spurrier’s son, he’s being groomed to be next coach.

High School

October 2nd, 2011
9:20 am

Give us an update on Buford HS recruiting.

tide roll

October 2nd, 2011
10:12 am

Henry County OT/OG DAVIN TOMLINSON “got the best of” Sandy Creek defensive end and Fla. commit Quenteze Williams. You think the Richt/Bobo braintrust sees this, and will go after Tomlinson? I SERIOUSLY DOUBT IT!. Not those two. BRANDON GREENE will be fine, and will uphold the wonderful Richt/Bobo tradition of allowing in-state offensive linemen to leave the state, help the competition kick UGA’s butt, and go on to become NFL 1st round draft picks. Auburn and Atlanta Cedar Grove grad MARCUS MCNIEL- SAN DIEGO CHARGERS. Tennessee and Lovejoy grad CHRIS SCOTT- PITTSBURGH STEELERS. Alabama road grader and Milledgeville native JAMES CARPENTER, and future NFL high round draft picks, ROKEVIOUS WATKINS (6′5″ 350lb), Atlanta Creekside, OT/OG at South Carolina and legitimate “two years in a row” DAWG killer! Atlanta Westlake’s OG CHANCE WARMACK and 3 year BAMA starter (alongside Carpenter) who mauled Florida last night, and “new on the scene”, Arkansas left OT JASON PEACOCK, 6′6″ 340lb. Milledgeville native. And don’t forget Tennessee’s freshman All American OT JUJUAN JAMES, a 6′6″ 330 lb. athlete from N. GWINNETT HIGH SCHOOL of all places! DO IT RICHT. DO IT BOBO. DO IT DAWGS! What a joke of a program. Goodbye in state hosses BRANDON GREENE,(ALA.) JOE HARRIS,(S.Carolina), DAVIN TOMLINSON and VADAL ALEXANDER. HELLO ZACK DABELL, HUNTER LONG, AND GREG PYKE, each from Florida, Tennessee, and of all places Maryland!! Do it Richt. Do it Bobo. Do it DAWGS! SHEESH!

BOOGIES THE MAN FROM HARTWELL GA

October 2nd, 2011
10:35 am

LAMECOCKS SHOWED ‘THEY ARE WHAT THEY ARE’ YESTERDAY VS AHHHBON…..

AND GAYTURDS ARE A JOKE AS PREDICTED………….

UGA TO ‘LEAP-FOG’ OVER SC….

LMAO !!!!!

tide roll

October 2nd, 2011
11:07 am

If I were a parent, coach, or high school administrator in the State of Georgia, and were aware of Richt/Bobo going out of state to select inferior offensive line talent over more deserving in-state high school athletes, I would see to it that not another in state prospect sign with UGA until this is rectified. It’s the high school coaches, adminstrators, parents, and players IN GEORGIA who have allowed Richt to become what he is today, and in return, he and Bobo go “Out Of State”, thereby ignoring Georgia kids who have earned the right, ON THE FIELD, to represent their in-state school ! As if something’s wrong with them. PITIFUL.

columbia grad

October 2nd, 2011
11:11 am

i think i speak for all columbia high alums when i say, congratulations jhaustin. please, please, please stay focused and stay out of trouble. we believe in you and you have lots of support from us all!

BOOGIES THE MAN FROM HARTWELL GA

October 2nd, 2011
12:30 pm

columbia,sc

Truly the ‘Armpit’ of the south..

they are what they are, always will be……………..

THE Dixie Redcoat Band

October 2nd, 2011
12:47 pm

Yes, let’s all wish him the very best luck in the world…why, so he’ll have a chance to beat UGA the next 4 years! Geesh..

Barack Dawg

October 2nd, 2011
1:30 pm

Yep – we hear all the time about losing recruits to Carolina. Too bad – CMR doing such a bad job we lost another 3 star to South Carolina. By the way did Carolina win yesterday? Oops…

This kid might be great – don’t know him. I do know that he is the 78th ranked person in the nation at his position. That ain’t exactly ringing my bell. He is not Javeon Clowney. Now you can put this kind of article out DA Carvell when Jenkins signs with Florida or Alabama. But this kid ain’t Jenkins or Clemons.

Flo-Ri-Duh

October 2nd, 2011
1:35 pm

Spurrier looked in good form against Auburn…. that visor was flying and his hair was a mess. It must really stink when you KNOW you have better talent but you were out coached. Who ever coaches their QB’s is inept and should resign – and that would be his majesty, “The Ole Ball Coach, himself.

Barack Dawg

October 2nd, 2011
1:36 pm

tide roll – did your parents give you permission to post on the internet. CMR’s job is not to just recruit players in state because someone thinks they should. If what you say is the case then you should require instate recruits to come to UGA. How many have left after being recruited by UGA. To many players in Georgia anyway and lots of players not from the state of georgia so should they have to go to UGA because they are in state when they graduate?

Then what do you do about IN STATE coaches sending their kids to other schools and directing them like Lowndes Co’s coach and Buford’s coach?

Here is some advice – STHU….

Flo-Ri-Duh

October 2nd, 2011
1:37 pm

Jhaustin Thomas is a three star….. a good player but maybe not dominating. David Pollack was a three star so who knows if this guy is starting material at this point.

The Agent

October 2nd, 2011
1:45 pm

South Carolina is getting two of Ga’s DE with the most upside, Thomas and English ( who is up for POY).

Destin Dawg

October 2nd, 2011
2:22 pm

Spurrier not getting it done this year… started yesterday… 2 or 3 more losses coming… he’ll retire at the end of the season… some of these recruits will have a change of heart.. .. Go Dawgs !!!

Old Dawg

October 2nd, 2011
2:29 pm

Columbia S. C. ( arm pit ) is not the great college town Athens, Ga. is…. for sure !!!

kb

October 2nd, 2011
3:43 pm

South carolina will be South carolina 5 losses again this year.But Congrats on the scholarship.

7576DAWG

October 2nd, 2011
4:08 pm

These kids going to South Carolina need to keep in mind that Spurrier will probably be retired after two more years and South Carolina will always have a depth issue.

Delbert D.

October 2nd, 2011
5:55 pm

I wonder is South Carolina is looking at JUCO QBs.

BOOGIES THE MAN FROM HARTWELL GA

October 2nd, 2011
8:38 pm

3!!!

2!!!

1!!!

Stevie Wander says “time out”!!!

Ref says that’s it, over………..

AND THE OLD A S S HAT HAD IT HANDED TO HIM….

PRICELESS!!!

Lakedawg

October 2nd, 2011
8:57 pm

tide rolled—-Tell us about Rokevious Watkins last night. False starts, got Garcia sacked and beat up all night long, flattened by a young Barn d-line all night.

Believe Dawgs run the table, but think LSU to tough in title game.

Delbert D.

October 2nd, 2011
9:28 pm

Spurrier retiring in 2 years? He’s a relatively young guy at 66.

BigGame

October 3rd, 2011
8:40 am

Morning Dawg fans – Remind me where SCAR and UGA played? Who won that game? SOUTH CAROLINA – and that, my friends, is why SCAR is getting all of these GA recruits.

If we didn’t have a bone-headed QB, we would be a top-10 team. What is UGA ranked?? I will bet all of you that SCAR will end up being ranked higher at the final rankings – AGAIN – this is why SCAR is getting all of these GA recruits.

And don’t say UGA didn’t want Jhaustin Thomas or Joe Harris or Chaz Elder – UGA DID OFFER THEM BUT THESE FINE PLAYERS WANT TO GO TO A PROGRAM THAT IS DOING BETTER – SOUTH CAROLINA.

Destin Dawg

October 3rd, 2011
8:50 am

BigGame… who is your QB.’s coach ??? 66 is old and he needs to work on his golf game..

Destin Dawg

October 3rd, 2011
8:51 am

Chickens sure looked bad at home against a weak Auburn team ??

shankit

October 3rd, 2011
10:04 am

@Tide Roll – Auburn nor Alabama could survive without recruiting out of state.
and stay out of Valdosta, you ain’t gonna get any kids from here to cross the
line.

Gliding Glenn Harrison and Tony Render were the last two ...

October 3rd, 2011
11:58 am

I thought that Columbia was closed in the early 90s. Still open? SAT scores?

UGA’s “gliding” Glenn Harrison as R Back and later, Tony Render, an all world safety that broke his neck were the last two football players out of that DeKalb County school.

Harrsion played in the early 70s and Render in the early 90s in the Ray Goff era. He never played a down due to injury. A great UGA star he never was sadly.

Good luck to this young man.

Hey ... Tide Roll !!

October 3rd, 2011
12:06 pm

You have hit the nail on the head, whether you are joking or not about UGA siging kids from other states to play O line and therefore overlooking or not recruiting Georgia bred kids. THIS IS a huge issue that I have.

Look at UGA’s current O issues …………….no depth on the O line. We get shoved around due to lack of depth late in the games and no over all toughness. O line coaches come and go at UGA. UGA has yet to face a real physical squad and when we do, it will be ugly for QB Murray.

It is what it is and at year end, with his 2011 record, CMR will sit down with McGarity and go over the entire last two or three years and the lacking O line physicality in these years will be a major boo boo for CMR.

UGA class of 71 & 73

Stewie

October 3rd, 2011
1:25 pm

Gamechickens will always be a redheaded stepchild in football….Their “1″ season tradition and like Hootie, their 15 minutes are OVER!

@sportsguru95

October 3rd, 2011
1:28 pm

I know this kid personally & he’s a nice kid! If he qualifies academically, he may play as a junior! Some kids just don’t want 2 go 2 UGA, & nothing is wrong wit that! It’s not the Coach, some kids just want 2 leave the state!

tripwire

October 3rd, 2011
1:55 pm

SC loves those GA recruits , ie George Rogers and more,thanks!

SCGamecock

October 3rd, 2011
2:38 pm

Dawg fans complaining about another SEC Head Coach….now that is truly funny…45-42….

pjbrave

October 3rd, 2011
4:15 pm

Congrats Jhaustin!!!! Good Luck on the rest of your high school season. Finish strong!!!!!! Dont

pjbrave

October 3rd, 2011
4:19 pm

Dont worry about the people talking bad about you!! Most of them were never recruited by any school much less some of the top schools in the country!! They wish they had half the talent that you have!! So just let them live there dreams through this blog and you keep playing(Doobie LOW)