Focus leads to Texas pledge for Thomas

John Thomas (Athens, Texas/Trinity Valley Community College) should be at LSU right now, entrenched in SEC mania with a bucket full of Mad Hatter memories.

But he’s not because of academic troubles and, to a lesser degree, knee injuries that sidelined him his entire senior season at Bossier City (La.) Airline High School in 2011.

With his grades in check and his right knee feeling “100 percent,” Thomas is now set to embark on a new journey as a Texas Longhorn, and he couldn’t be happier.