June 28, 2012

SMU Offers Michigan Lineman Poet Thomas

Beverly Hills (MI) prospect Poet Thomas has a big frame and good athleticism. At 6-foot-6, 285-pounds the projected lineman moves well enough to play both center and power forward for his high school basketball team.

It is that pure athleticism and talent that has led Coloraodo, Eastern Michigan, Florida, Toledo, Western Michigan, Old Dominion, and most recently SMU to offer the high school defensive tackle.

"I have been talking to coach Bert Hill from SMU," said Thomas. "I have talked to him about three times and then they finally offered me tonight."

Though they just now got into the running, the big man says that the Mustangs are one of the few schools that are sticking out to him at the moment. Along with SMU, Thomas mentioned Florida and Colorado as sticking out to him.

Here is what he had to say about each of the three schools:

FLorida: "They are in there because that is was my favorite school growing up, they are like my dream school. That is the main reason that they are in there."

Colorado: "I have been talking to their coaches almost weekly. He has been telling me that I could be a great offensive lineman and that he has put a few in the league so he knows I can go far. Where he is telling me I can go is where I want to be so that is why they are in there."

SMU: "They are a school that makes me want to think a little more and do some research before I make my decision. I want to look more into what they have to offer because it seems like they have a lot to offer right now. They have also been telling me that I could play sooner if I was to commit there."

This summer the Michigan native says that he will try to visit Florida, for their Friday Night Lights event, and Colorado in the same weekend. Along with those two schools the lineman says he also plans to visit SMU, Texas Tech, along with Western Michigan and possibly Toledo.

"I want a school that has good academics. Somewhere that offers something that I want to do when I am older. Also a school that has a good football tradition and has won some big games and gone to big bowl games recently."

One of the hardest part about the soon-to-be senior's transition to the college level will be the fact that he will have to play a new position.

At Country Day high school Thomas plays defensive tackle but ever college he has talked to wants him on the offensive side of the ball.

"It would be nice if I could play defense in college but I have no problem play offense. I like the offensive side just as much as I live the defensive side. It is just going to be a learning process learning a new position."

The big lineman says that he would like to wait until the end of his high school season, around December, before he makes a final decision.

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