For the last few weeks, all the talk in Pitt recruiting has been about whether or not Pitt can land either Nathan Proctor or Tyjuan Garbutt.
Something that’s flown under the radar is Pitt’s pursuit of Nebraska commit Guy Thomas.
When you compare offer sheets, Thomas can go head to head with almost any recruit in the country. The defensive end from Miami, Fla holds offers from schools such as Alabama, Auburn, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Miami (FL), Michigan, USC and West Virginia.
Thomas (6-foot-3, 205 lbs) doesn’t get talked about much because he gave a commitment to Nebraska back in August and most thought his recruitment was shutdown.
Thomas is back in the news because over the weekend, he made a visit to Pat Narduzzi and the Pitt Panthers.
I just spoke to Thomas and the first thing I asked was what stood out most to him about the visit to Pittsburgh.
“It was their football facilities. The fact that they share it with the Pittsburgh Steelers, that’s awesome, it’s amazing.”
“They share a facility with NFL players. That’s the main reason why we play the game. We want to become pros, that’s a really big factor for kids,” said Thomas. That’s something I just found out when I visited. That was amazing.”
As we’ve reported, Pitt is looking to add one and possibly two defensive ends in this class and apparently Thomas is a big priority.
“They told me they have a open spot for me. They’re telling me that they want me bad. They showed me the depth chart and where I would fit in. The head coach and my position coach told me that so that’s just great. That means a lot and it means they want me,” said Thomas.
That’s the first time we (Coach Narduzzi) met in person but we’ve spoken over the phone a few times. I remember that we spoke before the Clemson game. He’s just a good person, a good guy, he’s no B.S., just the truth.”
Now, Thomas has to decide whether to stick with his commitment to Nebraska or join the Panthers.
“It’s going to be real hard. I have to really sit down, evaluate the entire situation. It’s going to be really hard but next week is going to be something though.”
Thomas tells me that he will make his final decision on National Signing Day.