It has been known that Clemson is in close competition with Georgia for a mutual top target in the 2017 class, Pace Academy-Atlanta four-star offensive lineman Andrew Thomas.
Though Thomas contemplated making an early commitment, he will instead take a step back, and step onto various campuses for official visits before pulling the trigger on a decision.
“I have talked to my parents and decided to try to take more visits before making a decision,” Thomas said during an interview with The Clemson Insider.
Asked where he is thinking about taking those visits — besides Clemson and Georgia, which currently still remain his favorites — Thomas said Notre Dame, Alabama and Tennessee.
Members of Clemson’s coaching staff made an appearance at Thomas’s school as recently as last Friday, Thomas said.
What has been the Tigers’ fundamental message to Thomas during his recruiting process?
“Just that they really want me and that I will get a great education,” Thomas said.
There is not much separating Clemson and Georgia right now, but it seems the Bulldogs have a slight edge heading into the summer. Thomas said Georgia’s Terry College of Business and “the lack of players at my position at UGA” are attractive aspects of the school from his perspective.
But Thomas isn’t in a rush to choose a college destination. For now, he’ll continue trying to complement his strengths as a player by adding strength in the weight room.
“I have great length, athleticism and technique,” Thomas said. “I’m just working on getting stronger.”