The Mississippi State Bulldogs hosted many talented recruits yesterday, and one recruit they hosted was 2014 two-star strong-side defensive end Cory Thomas. A Mississippi State lean, Thomas is also high on the Clemson Tigers and has interest in the Memphis Tigers. If Memphis were to land Thomas, then that would be a huge coup for them.
Mississippi State has always shown plenty of interest in Cory Thomas, and that interest is mutual. He received his offer from the Bulldogs in early February on a junior day visit, and it will be interesting to see how Thomas’s trip went yesterday. If things continue to progress, then Mississippi State could land themselves a commit from the two-star DE.
Last season for McAdory High, Thomas recorded 71 tackles with 17 tackles for loss and eight sacks. He has always been high on Mississippi State, but he did attend junior day with the Auburn Tigers and reportedly wants an offer from the in-state Tigers. It is interesting to see Memphis with Clemson and Mississippi State in his top three, but they are recruiting him extremely hard. Of course, Memphis is the third team in his top three with Mississippi State and Clemson being the top two respectively.
An offer from Auburn would change the complexion of Thomas’s recruitment, but I would still think Mississippi State has the best chance. The 6’6″ 265 pound DE turns heads with his size and the numbers he put up as a junior. Thomas is ranked by the 247Composite as the 53rd-best strong-side DE in the country, as well as the 36th-best recruit in the state of Alabama. He has earned many accolades for his performance for McAdory last season, but Thomas has reiterated that he is taking things slow in his recruitment.
Mississippi State’s Geoff Collins is doing an excellent job recruiting Thomas to the program, and he is doing what he can to bring the big DE in against the efforts of Clemson and Memphis.