Thomas could be one of nation's top OL

Updated: July 9, 2002, 12:49 PM ET
By Tom Lemming |
MILWAUKEE, July 8 -- My last set of visits on my 2002 road trip took me to Wisconsin, where I saw most of the top players in the state.

Probably the best prospect in Wisconsin is Joe Thomas (6-8, 269, 4.78) of Brookfield's Central H.S., a great talent who will be one of the most heavily recruited OL in the nation by the end of the year. A phenomenal athlete, he also played TE last season as well as DE, OLB and DT. If he lived anywhere else, he'd probably be listed as one of the top three or four OL prospects nationally. He's one of the few prospects who's been offered by Notre Dame, and he also has offers from Wisconsin, Colorado, Purdue, USC, Iowa, just about every school that's seen him.

Another stellar OL prospect who's one of the top three players in the state is Danny Kaye (6-8, 280) of New Berlin's Eisenhower H.S. He has already committed to Wisconsin, so he won't get as much attention as he probably should; he's a big-time talent who will likely grow into a 320-pound OT.