Thomas chooses Coogs over UT, LSU


Three-star offensive tackle Ja’Braylin Thomas (Weimar, Texas) said he had offers from Texas and LSU, and many felt he would choose between the two once he decided to announce his verbal commitment. Those two schools were the first to offer.

On Wednesday, however, Thomas decided to go with his gut and accept his third offer – a less sexier option in the eyes of many but a place he called a more familiar setting.

Thomas verbally committed to Houston and became the Cougars fifth commit of the 2013 recruiting class. At 6-foot-6 and 310 pounds, Thomas is ranked No. 39 among 2013 offensive tackles nationally. He is listed as the 66th-best player in Texas in his class.

“Honestly, I just felt more comfortable there,” Thomas said of Houston. “I have a lot of family in Houston, so it’ll be safe for me, and it’s convenient for my family and coaches to come and watch me play.”

Thomas, also offered by Baylor, was offered by the Cougars two weeks ago during an unofficial visit. Along with proximity (Weimar is a little more than an hour from Houston), Thomas said the campus and its surroundings, as well as the philosophy of head coach Tony Levine, played well in his decision.

“Everyone welcomed me with open arms. I enjoyed that feeling,” said Thomas, who was recruited by running backs coach Travis Bush. “Coach Levine also was a reason because of what he foreshadowed about the team and their goals in the next few years.”

Houston’s 2013 class now has the “Thomas Boys” as offensive linemen. Josh Thomas, a 6-foot-6, 320-pound tackle from Louisiana stalwart Evangel Christian (Shreveport, La.), committed to the Cougars in March. The two are not related.