2018 DE Xavier Thomas of Wilson was among the bevy of recruits at Clemson Saturday night for the USC. Thomas, who figures to be right in the middle of a recruiting civil war in the state, made multiple unofficial visits to Clemson and USC this season. And he said the biggest game did not have the biggest impact on him.
“The Clemson-Louisville game stood out the most because of how close the game was and how the fans were,” Thomas said.
But Thomas enjoyed Saturday night at Clemson and got another inside look at the program.
“It was a good game, a great environment, rivalry game and stuff. I got to go on the field before the game and catch up with the coaches and talk to them. They said that I can come there and make an immediate impact as a freshman as long as I keep working hard. They had a good blitzing scheme which is what Coach Venables is always telling me about, creating one-on-one situations.”
Thomas also went to games this season at Alabama, Florida and Georgia and he has no more plans for visits until junior days. His top list is USC, Clemson, Georgia, Alabama, Ohio State and Florida State in no order.
Though Clemson got most of his attention Saturday night, Thomas said USC wasn’t far off his mind because he got text messages from Will Muschamp and Lance Thompson Saturday night.
“Coach Muschamp is in his first year and he had to rebuild the program,” Thomas said. “I kind of expected Clemson to win, so no real edge (from a recruiting standpoint.) Coach Muschamp and Coach Thompson were telling me how they needed me and needed to rebuild.”
Thomas said he’s thinking about making his decision right before his senior season or during it, or he might way until his birthday of December 20th.
This season he finished with 140 tackles and 7 sacks.