Recruiting: Walker’s Brian Thomas Jr. headed to LSU
Following much deliberation, Walker High School’s Brian Thomas Jr. announced his decision Tuesday to attend LSU. He becomes the 23rd signee for the Tigers for the 2021 class. Thomas is the fourth overall ranked player in the state.
The final two spots available out of the maximum of 25 should go to transfer options for 2021.
The 6-foot-4, 190-pound Thomas is very similar to former LSU and NFL wideout Michael Clayton. Both excelled on the hardwood and held scholarship offers in both football and basketball.
In fact, Thomas has only played football for three seasons, having concentrated most of his attention on basketball where he averaged 17 points and 10 rebounds as a junior. He attracted offers in basketball from Tulane, Texas A&M, Coastal Carolina and Houston, among others.
Football is where he grabbed the greatest attention, totaling 105 catches for 1,779 yards at just under 17 yards per catch with 24 touchdowns the past two seasons.
His final three choices were LSU, Texas A&M and Alabama. Reportedly, a family pull towards the Aggies most recently delayed Thomas’ decision beyond National Signing Day. Former LSU assistants Tommy Robinson and Dameyune Craig handled recruiting duties for Texas A&M. Alabama also pulled out all stops to land the star receiver. LSU receivers coach Mickey Joseph handled the heated competition to secure the trust and ultimately the signature of Thomas.
LSU’s new signing class is already loaded with elite receivers including three from Louisiana – Chris Hilton, Malik Nabers, Jack Bech – plus Deion Smith, the overall top rated player in Mississippi for 2021.
Thomas’ big frame makes him a huge playmaker in the red zone since he is great at winning 50/50 balls and possesses a superb catching radius. He will bring much needed size to LSU’s talented receiver corps.
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Born and raised in the New Orleans area, Rene Nadeau has been involved in sports ever since his earliest memories. Rene played basketball, wrestled, ran track, and was an All-District running back in football at John F. Kennedy High School. He went on to be a member of the LSU football program, developing a passion for the game in even…