USC this week offered DT Will Thomas (6-3 286) of Raleigh, NC knowing he won’t be part of the 2021 class. Thomas said he will have to go to junior college first, and the plan is to go for a year and a half before moving on. The same plan Javon Kinlaw used to get to USC. And the Gamecocks now how the Kinlaw story turned out.
“The last time they came (to school), a good month ago, I came out and introduced myself,” Thomas said. “My coach told me they wanted to see me in the spring and they’ve just been talking to me ever since.”
Thomas said he’s been talking primarily with new defensive line coach Tracy Rocker and new director of player personnel Drew Hughes. Both came from Tennessee, which is also one of the offers to Thomas.
“He (Rocker) sent me an invitation to their spring practice (before it was canceled) and the times that I can come in their practice schedule,” Thomas said. “He was just checking up on me and hoping that everything is staying safe. He’s just been checking up on me to see how I’m doing.”
“I’m really excited about the offer,” Thomas continued. “It’s going to be one of the top five that I have, one of the main ones I might pick. I like that they are close to home. They have a nice facility that I’ve seen. I hope in the future I’ll visit.”
Thomas has not yet visited USC. He has been to Coastal Carolina, East Carolina and Duke. The Chants and Blue Devils also have offered along with Tennessee and Liberty.
Last season, Thomas said he was in on around 65 tackles with 5 sacks. 247Sports rates him as a three-star prospect and the #32 ranked prospect in his home state.