It didn't take a recruiting expert to pick out Stacy Thomas from the talented group of defensive linemen at the Orlando NUC Five-Star Showcase over the weekend. The Miami (Fla.) Gulliver Prep High School star won almost every 1-on-1 battle he had with some quality offensive tackles. Standing out as a special athlete, Thomas took home MVP offers for the defensive line group.
Many schools were recruiting Thomas as a defensive end, but recently realized that his measureables were a bit inflated, as often happens in recruiting. In truth, instead of being the reported 6'3", Thomas is barely over 6'0" and 233 pounds. That's too small for defensive end at top BCS schools.
The question then became whether he could play linebacker. Apparently, some of the top schools in the country believe he can play the position, as Thomas holds offers from Florida, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Notre Dame, West Virginia, LSU and Vanderbilt.
Thomas is currently favoring three schools. "It's Florida, Florida State and Auburn," Thomas said, even though Auburn has yet to offer. Early playing time at Auburn is a major draw for Thomas.
As for a school he would still like to hear from, Thomas indicated that he would like to know more about Georgia.
Thomas claims a 2.7 GPA and with offers from strong academic schools including Georgia Tech, Duke, Notre Dame and Vanderbilt, there's little question about his academics. He plans to take his SAT over the summer.