April 3, 2012

OT Thomas enjoys visit to State

One of the in-state prospects that Head Coach Mark Dantonio and the Michigan State staff are taking a serious look at for the class of 2013 is offensive lineman Poet Thomas of Detroit Country Day School. The 6-foot-6, 295-pound prospect was on campus and SpartanMag.com has the details.

Thomas is one of the more interesting recruits in Michigan for the class of 2013. Not only does he have excellent size, but he is also very athletic. SpartanMag.com has compared him to former starting offensive tackle J'Michael Deane as far as size and body-type. Deane would have been an All-Big Ten tackle if he did not spend over 2 years on the defensive line.

Thomas was in East Lansing earlier today to check out a session of spring practice and talk with the coaches. We asked him about the visit.

"The visit went great," he said. "The practice was impressive. It was very up-temp, a lot faster than a high school practice. The part that stood out to me is how big the offensive linemen are when you stand next to them. I also liked the meetings and how into it the players are and how they need to know everything that is going on."

College practices are often much more up-tempo simply due to time restrictions based on NCAA regulations. Coaches try and get every rep they can into a practice and the players respond accordingly.

Country Day School is always one of the stronger football programs in Southeast Michigan and Thomas will be a key player for them on both the offensive and defensive line this fall. We asked Thomas about his current scholarships and where the Spartans see him playing at the next level.

"I have the same four offers (Florida, Colorado, Toledo and Eastern Michigan)," he said. "The Michigan State coaches have said they like me as possibly left tackle or guard. They want me to come up there again and they want me to come up for camp as well. I spoke with Coach Dantonio and he asked me what I thought about practice and how things are going."

Scholarships for the class of 2013 are very tight and Coach Dantonio and his staff are known for being one of the teams that takes the most time in the evaluation process. While that could hurt the Spartans chances with some recruits who want offers early, it is hard to argue with 22 wins and a Big Ten Championship over the last 2 seasons. The Spartans are very thorough and it has paid off.

Spring and summer camps is where many recruiting targets will be looking to earn a Spartan scholarship, the same way 2012 commitments Jermiane Edmondson, Josiah Price and Jamal Lyles did.

The visit to Michigan State University was not the first for Thomas as he has now been on campus several times. Thomas was at the Michigan State/Michigan game last fall and attended the Spartan's Junior Day back in February. Each visit to East Lansing has allowed him to become more comfortable with the Spartan coaches and several of the players. It is that type of rapport that the staff looks for in recruits as team chemistry is always important.

SpartanMag.com will be sure to keep in contact with Thomas in the coming weeks. A return trip to Michigan State for the Green and White game is very possible. Spartan Coach Brad Salem is serving as the primary recruiter of Thomas for Michigan State.

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