Michigan DT Poet Thomas towering over his teammates and opponents (Photo courtesy of Poet Thomas)
Penn State has seen its share of big-time (both in talent and girth) defensive tackles over the past few seasons. Players like Devon Still, Jared Odrick and Ollie Ogbu have given offensive coordinators nightmares as they formulate game-plans that don't include having their backfield completely obliterated.
Poet Thomas, a massive DT with a funny name but a fierce game, could follow in their footsteps.The Detroit Country Day prospect has been on Penn State's radar, but has yet to receive an offer from the Nittany Lion coaching staff. Part of this likely has to do with Penn State taking four DTs in the 2012 class. O'Brien and company will be cautious as they only have room for one or two DTs this year. However, this could change should any of these players be shifted to the other side of the ball.
An offer may come soon enough, as Thomas has been gaining more and more attention from programs across the nation. He currently holds offers from Toledo, Eastern Michigan, Colorado and Florida. Thomas is taking a patient approach as his offer list continues to grow.
"I don't think I'll commit early. It will probably be closer to Signing Day."
Thomas wants to be sure that he examines all his offers and selects the school that is the best fit for him.
"I'm looking for somewhere that has a winning tradition and great academics. I want to play on a team that has a legitimate shot at winning a national title while I am there. I've talked to some really impressive coaches so far, and I want to make sure I pick a team that has an outstanding coaching staff. And I want whatever college I attend to feel like its home while I'm there."
Poet Thomas Junior Highlights (via yarberry32)