June 15, 2013

Horns are on fire, land another commit

The tight end position has been a bit of a black hole for the Longhorns for the last half-decade, as it's become nearly impossible in the spread-offense era of the Texas high school ranks to find players that are true prospects of the position. As the Longhorns surveyed the in-state canvas this spring, the viable tight options through their traditional resources were restricted to a single in-state prospect and once Manvel's Koda Martin committed to Texas A&M last week, things looked very unclear on the tight end front.

Well, some clarity arrived on Saturday night in the form of Trinity Valley CC tight end John Thomas, who committed to the Longhorns on Saturday after taking an official visit to Austin this week.

"Basically, I'm committed to them and they are committed to me," Thomas said. "Now I just need to get down there and get to work."

The 6-6, 255-pound Thomas originally signed with LSU in 2012 as a prep prospect out of Bossier City and has offers from the likes of Auburn, Baylor and Florida before choosing the Longhorns on Saturday afternoon.

Although his athleticism is a plus, Thomas is viewed as a player that is still developing as a receiver, but can potentially be an impact two-way performer at the position, someone who is capable of moving the line of scrimmage in the run game and potentially stretching the field in the passing game. In eight games last season with Trinity Valley, he caught two passes for 14 yards, numbers which highlight his need to continue to develop in the pass-catching side of his skill set.

Interestingly enough, Thomas claims that he contacted the Longhorns two years ago to express his interest in the program, but nothing ever materialized.

"My junior year, I sent info, but never heard back from them," Thomas said. "They contacted me (this spring) and told me that they wanted me to come down for an official visit. When I got down there, I knew that I wanted to be there. I just committed a few hours ago.

With the commitment, the Longhorns suddenly have a national-leading 19 commitments in the 2014 recruiting class.

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