April 21, 2008

Explosive Thomas checks out Vols

With at least 10 scholarship offers from BCS-league schools and more a certainty in the near future, Logan Thomas at some point will begin to whittle his list down to potential finalists.

On Saturday, the silky smooth four-star athlete from Lynchburg's (Va.) Brookville High School was among the quality group of prospects who took in Tennessee's Orange and White game.

"I was just down here to learn more about the school and what it was all about, and now I see," Thomas said. "I've had a lot of fun and it's a good first impression."

Thomas, who had earlier met new Vols receivers coach Latrell Scott during a one-day summer camp and also is building a relationship with new tight ends coach Jason Michael, saw Tennessee's offense generate its most productive day of the spring. That was encouraging for the versatile 6-foot-6, 215-pounder who also is a gifted basketball player. Thomas already has played wide receiver and quarterback for his Brookville team.

"It was good. I saw how they would use me as a receiver/tight end-type guy," said Thomas, whose cousin and teammate, Zack McCray, is a gifted defensive end for the 2010 class. "They got the ball to their athletes a lot (Saturday)."

Indeed, under first-year offensive coordinator Dave Clawson Tennessee showcased a new dimension of adaptability and explosiveness in the annual conclusion to its spring drills. Heralded sophomore Gerald Jones caught passes, ran a quarterback sneak and threw a touchdown pass.

For Thomas, who boasts a 4.65 40-yard dash and an impressive 3.4 GPA, the right program will feature a combination of assets.

"A good education, great program and a place I can see myself being for four years having fun," said Thomas, who has yet to pare down a list of finalists.

Despite not playing football until midway through grade school, Thomas has flourished in virtually every facet of the game through two years of varsity competition. As a sophomore he caught 60 passes for 950 yards and eight touchdowns. Stuffing the box score in a variety of areas last season, Thomas rushed for 859 yards and eight scores while amassing 112 tackles, seven for loss, and three interceptions on the defensive side of the ball.

A four-star prospect, Thomas comes in at No. 145 in the Rivals.com rankings for 2009.

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