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GT lands 4-star athlete Thomas

12/14/2011

It didn’t take Justin Thomas (Prattville, Ala./Prattville) very long. Thomas backed out of his Alabama commitment yesterday and committed to Georgia Tech earlier today.

“Justin took us by surprise,” said Jamey Dubose, Prattville’s coach. “He committed to Georgia Tech first this morning. He just decided to go ahead and do it.”

For the 5-foot-11 and 170-pound four-star athlete it was simple -- he wants to play quarterback.

Alabama told Thomas it wanted him to play in the Crimson Tide secondary. That’s why Thomas de-committed Tuesday. Georgia Tech was one of a handful of teams that wanted him as a quarterback and with what it does offensively with its triple-option attack, he looks like a great fit.

“Justin didn’t have many (quarterback) options out there,” Dubose said. “But Georgia Tech was recruiting him hard, and it was always about playing quarterback there, and that’s exactly what he wants to do. He just wants a shot at playing quarterback, and everything we have heard that will give him a legit shot to play that position.

“Georgia Tech is getting a tremendous athlete who is a hard worker. He’s giving up playing basketball this winter and baseball this spring to just work on getting his body bigger. He has a personal trainer to help him with his speed. Justin is doing all the things he needs to do to become a better quarterback.”

It’s more than that.

For Thomas, he’s out to prove all the people who said he couldn’t be a college quarterback wrong.

“Justin is committed to prove he can play quarterback,” Dubose said. “Georgia Tech is getting a kid with a chip on his shoulder. Remember, this is an athlete who can really run, and when he’s in the open field he’s tough to stop. His speed is unreal. And I do think he’s a good thrower, especially with what we ask him to do. Georgia Tech is getting Joe Hamilton, and Justin believes he has something to prove. This is a kid that can run, read and throw.”

Georgia Tech now has 14 commitments. Thomas is its third pickup since Sunday. He’s the No. 25 ranked athlete in the nation and the No. 11 rated player from the state of Alabama.