Junior to Watch: Eric Thomas.
School: Lake City, Fla.-Columbia.
Position: Defensive End.
Size, Speed & Grades: Thomas is 6-foot-3, 235 pounds, and runs the forty-yard dash in 4.9 seconds. He has a 2.5 grade point average and plans on taking both the SAT and ACT in June.
Statistics: Thomas had 49 tackles, 4 sacks, 2 fumble recoveries, and 2 interceptions last season.
Honors: Second 4A All-State and Gainesville All-Area as a junior.
Favorites: Thomas said his favorites are Florida State, Florida, and Miami, and would preferably like to remain in the Sunshine State.
Skinny: Eric Thomas has been receiving mail from countless schools across the country, a list that was going to be too long to recite over the telephone. "Any college you name pretty much," Thomas said. "Florida State, Florida, Miami, Tennessee, North Carolina, Alabama, all of them really."
Thomas also plays linebacker and offensive guard, but should be recruited to play on the edge. His cousin is Reinard Wilson, the former Florida State defensive end currently with the Cincinnati Bengals. Thomas says he was offered by Florida State last summer and expects to pick up other offers when college recruiters begin making the rounds in May. He would like to attend camps at Florida State, Florida, and Miami this summer.