OT Thomas hearing from BCS programs

With the camp scene just about wrapped up, one name starting to pop up on team’s radars is Jalen Thomas (Troy, Mich./Athens). While still working toward his first offer, Thomas is garnering interest from a number of programs.

The latest to show interest in the 6-foot-5, 280-pound offensive tackle is Illinois, as Thomas spoke on the phone with assistant coach Keith Gilmore recently.

“He was telling me he’d come to some games and wanted me to send the first four games of my senior highlight to him,” Thomas said. “I like they’re in the Big Ten but haven’t gotten a chance to talk to Coach [Tim Beckman] but it seems like a good program and good school.”

Thomas made it to Michigan State’s one-day camp, where he was approached by the Spartans’ staff as well as Toledo’s.

“I like (Michigan State) in general, like the coaches, how they coach at the one-day camp,” Thomas said. “The team is really competitive. They don’t stop until they get what they want to get.”

At the top of Thomas’ list at the moment, though, is Wisconsin. Thomas spoke with the staff, which relayed to him they like his size, quick feet and aggression.

“I like how their team is all about the offensive line, and they sent a lot of their offensive linemen to the pros,” he said. “That’s what got me excited. That’s a team for offensive linemen.”

Michigan State, Missouri, Illinois and Toledo round out Thomas’ top five. Most of those programs want to see a senior midseason highlight tape before considering offering.