July 10, 2008

Logan Thomas down to seven

Lynchburg (Va.) Brookville athlete Logan Thomas, a Rivals100 member and ranked as the No. 32 player in the country overall, has narrowed his list of schools down to seven. Which teams made the cut and are there any that stand out?

"My seven are, in no real order, Virginia Tech, Clemson, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, Wake Forest and Tenneseee," said the 6-foot-6, 233-pounder. "I've visited each one except for Clemson and I plan on going there hopefully by the end of July."

Does that mean a decision is coming soon?

"Not really unless I really feel comfortable with a place," he said. "Otherwise I'll wait it out and maybe take some official visits, but there's always a chance I could just decide to commit before the season starts if I feel it."

Thomas talked about each of his favorite schools, all of whom are recruiting him as a tight end.

"With Virginia Tech, it's that the have a good coaching staff, I'm comfortable with them and I liked the campus when I went there for summer camp. And there are a alot of kids, not football players but students, from my school that go there.

"Clemson I hear has a great atmosphere so I'm excited about getting to see it. They're putting together another great recruiting class and the coaches have been cool. Virginia really uses their tight ends a lot, they have very good academics and I like coach Poindexter a lot, he's cool.

"West Virginia has a winning tradition, they want to run a new offense where they will be throwing the ball a lot more, they have good coaches and they are killing it in recruiting in Virginia. Knowing Tajh Boyd and Logan Heastie are already committed there and having met those guys helps.

"With UNC, they have very good academics, Butch Davis is a great coach and will turn things around there and he's known for producing tight ends when was at Miami. I also liked the campus. Wake Forest I love the campus, it's really nice and of course the academics there are great. They're also changing their offense and want to go to a two tight end set and use one of the tight ends as a go-to guy.

"Finally, Tennessee has great tradition, I like the coaches I met up there at a junior day and they use their tight ends a lot in the offense."

Will distance be a factor for Thomas?

"Not, not at all because all of my schools are driving distance for my parents," he said. "The farthest are Clemson, West Virginia and Tennessee and those are less than six hours or so. It won't make a difference."

So what does Thomas want in a school?

"Academics are important, how they use the tight end in their offense, comfort level with the coaches and the school itself and all of that. It has to be a balance between football and school for me, I need to feel I'm getting the best of both."

Thomas is also a standout basketball player. Have any of the schools inquired about his hoop skills?

"If I do play basketball it will be after my freshman year so I can become acclimated," he said. "They've all said I could play both if I wanted but with some schools there's obviously less of a guarantee than with others. Basketball won't play a part in my decision."

Thomas played quarterback on offense for his team, mainly because he's the best athlete in the program. This upcoming season he'll also play quarterback but in college he wants to catch the ball rather than pass it.

"I would rather be a wide receiver than a tight end but everyone wants me at tight end so that's what I'll play," he said. "They all talk about slotting me out and getting me the ball a lot anyhow so it's no big deal."

As a junior, Thomas rushed for 859 yards and 8 touchdowns while throwing for 1,121 more yards and 9 more scores. He is ranked as the No. 2 athlete in the country.

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