Butch Jones’s first spring practice with the Tennessee Volunteers went extremely well yesterday, as Jones was able to land a three-star pledge from a visiting center in Coleman Thomas. A West Virginia Mountaineers target, among other major programs, Thomas is a consensus top ten center in the 2014 recruiting class and gives Tennessee their second commitment thus far.
In addition to Tennessee, Thomas also had offers from the Pittsburgh Panthers, West Virginia Mountaineers Maryland Terrapins, Wake Forest Demon Deacons, Virginia Cavaliers, and Virginia Tech Hokies. Nebraska and Wisconsin were two Big Ten powers to show interest in him.
The Fort Chiswell standout attended junior days with West Virginia and Tennessee, and those were the two schools that seemed to be pursuing the intelligent interior offensive lineman the hardest. Thomas’s unofficial visit to the Vols’ first spring practice sealed the deal for him, and his commitment is a solid one for Don Mahoney and Tennessee.
The Volunteers were able to snag a recruit out of Virginia who had offers from WVU and the two major in-state programs in VT and UVA, and the 247Composite ranks Coleman Thomas as the 22nd best player in the state. Thomas’s commitment means that Tennessee landed their clear top target on the interior of the OL, while teams like WVU struck out.
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