Bri­ar­crest’s Thomas to visit LSU, Vols

The Commercial Appeal - - Front Page - Khari Thomp­son Mem­phis Com­mer­cial Ap­peal USA TO­DAY NET­WORK - TEN­NESSEE

Bri­ar­crest of­fen­sive tackle Omari Thomas will head south to visit LSU on Satur­day for the Tigers' game with No. 2 Ge­or­gia.

Then next week he's sched­uled to visit Ten­nessee when the Vols host No. 1 Alabama.

It's been a big week al­ready be­cause the Saints' stand­out picked up his lat­est of­fer from Penn State on Thurs­day.

"They let me know how I was a big prospect for them. I ac­tu­ally like Penn State. I like what they do," said Thomas. "I like the way they play ball, so I’m go­ing to try my best to get down there and go see a game or some­thing like that."

Thomas has al­ready vis­ited Ole Miss this sea­son.

Other schools that have of­fered Thomas in­clude Alabama, Ge­or­gia, Ohio State, Clem­son and Florida among oth­ers. Thomas, who is still a ju­nior, says that he is look­ing for­ward to tak­ing his time with his de­ci­sion.

"I plan on mak­ing my de­ci­sion my se­nior year in Fe­bru­ary, so I’m not in a rush right now.," said Thomas. "But I do plan on prob­a­bly re­leas­ing a top 10 af­ter this sea­son or at the be­gin­ning of spring ball."

Thomas, who is ranked by 247Sports as the state's No. 2 prospect in the Class of 2020, said that he is en­joy­ing the re­cruit­ing process. So much so that he called it a bless­ing.

"It’s fun. It’s real fun," said Thomas. "Just be­ing able to meet peo­ple. New peo­ple that I wouldn’t even think that I would meet. It’s all bless­ings for me."

Bri­ar­crest (5-3, 0-2 DII-AAA) was shut out 38-0 Fri­day night by Mem­phis Uni­ver­sity School (7-0, 2-0). De­spite the tough loss, Thomas was able to re­main up­beat. He couldn't choose when asked what was the coolest part of be­ing a na­tion­ally sought-af­ter re­cruit.

“It’s re­ally all cool, Just be­ing out here on Fri­day nights, win or lose," said Thomas. "Just be­ing able to play and be with my fam­ily. Just be­ing able to put on a show. I try my best to give the fans what they want to see.”

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