Harrisburg (Pa.) Bishop McDevitt offensive guard Jamie Thomas visited Tennessee over the weekend and liked what he saw. He has visited one other school and will visit one more, then will make a decision.
“It was nice,” he described his Tennessee trip. “They have really nice facilities, and it is a nice college town.
“Nothing in particular stood out, it was just a nice college atmosphere. Everything was nice.” He was hosted by freshman defensive tackle Justin Harrell and rated the trip an “8 ½ or 9.”
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He had already visited Maryland and compared the two schools favorably.
“The Tennessee facilities are a little better, but other than that they are even,” he commented. He will visit Notre Dame on Jan. 16, then will make a decision the following week.
Maryland head coach Ralph Friedgen came in for an in-home visit last week, and Notre Dame linebacker coach Bob Simmons visited yesterday. He expects Notre Dame head coach Tyrone Willingham and Tennessee head coach Phil Fulmer to visit in early January.
Thomas stands 6-foot-4, weighs 320 pounds, and runs the 40-yard dash in 5.1 seconds. He bench presses 325 pounds and squats 505 pounds. He is rated the No. 41 offensive guard in the country by Rivals.com and as a senior recorded more than 50 pancake blocks and did not allow a sack.
An excellent student, he maintains a 3.6 GPA and has scored a 960 on the SAT.