Friday, April 5, 2013
DL Cory Thomas adds ACC offer
By Greg Ostendorf
McCALLA, Ala. -- Clemson defensive line coach Marion Hobby attended the Class 5A state championship game in Alabama last fall. The headliner was Spanish Fort cornerback and University of Alabama signee Jonathan Cook, but Hobby came to see McAdory High School defensive lineman Cory Thomas.
On Thursday, Clemson offered Thomas a scholarship.
“I was very surprised,” he said. “I definitely know they’re ACC. They’re a good program. They produce good NFL athletes. That’s about it.”
Thomas plans to visit Clemson this summer for camp. He also holds offers from Memphis, Middle Tennessee State, Mississippi State and South Alabama, and he’s received mail from the likes of Alabama, Auburn, Florida State and Miami.
So which school has the early lead?
“I definitely like [Mississippi] State,” Thomas said. “I’d say they’re my top school right now. I just like the coaching staff, coach [Dan] Mullen and those guys. It’s just unbelievable -- when I go down there or talk to them on the phone, they make me feel wanted.”
Thomas attended a junior day at Mississippi State earlier this year, and he plans to visit for their spring game on April 20.
For now, the 6-foot-5, 270-pound prospect is working on the potential change from defensive tackle to defensive end.
“I’m working on my speed because this is going to be my first year playing defensive end,” Thomas said. “That’s going to be a big change for me because the whole time playing defensive tackle, it’s going up with a guy. Coming off the end, you can dodge them, but playing defensive tackle, you’ve got to go with them every play.”
McAdory head coach David Powell won’t tip his hat and say where Thomas will play in the fall, but he was quick to point out his talent and potential at the next level.
“He’s getting bigger every day it seems like,” Powell said. “I think he’s got a lot of potential. He really didn’t get with us until his 10th-grade year. He’s really made great strides in the weight room. He’s got a lot of fight in him. He’ll battle.”
In addition to Clemson, Thomas also plans to camp at Alabama, Auburn and Mississippi State this summer.