With two years left in his high school career, Detroit Country Day lineman Poet Thomas could see his future go in several directions. The 6-6, 290-pound prospect is a two-sport star, and could potentially project on either side of the ball on the gridiron.
"I like playing defense a lot. That's my first love because I like hitting people and letting my anger out on the field," Thomas said. "At the same time, offense is fun too. I'm playing a little bit more offense this year. They stick me out there in our big package, inside the ten, and usually run right behind me."
When it comes to different sports, Thomas does not have a first love. Besides being a standout on the football field, he is also an emerging talent on the basketball court and could have college opportunities in both sports. At this time, he has not decided which sport he will focus on in college.
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"Whichever one opens more opportunity… I love both," Thomas said "I wouldn't be mad if I went to school to play basketball, and I wouldn't be mad if I went to school to play football.
"I've seen more interest in football in the past year and a half. We had a great senior class last year during basketball season and I didn't really play a lot. I've kind of depended on AAU."
Mail has come in this month from Miami, Florida State, Notre Dame, Michigan, Michigan State, Syracuse, Penn State, Wisconsin, Georgia Tech, Duke and Stanford. He has received game invites from several of those schools, and took Michigan up on their invite for the Wolverine's night game against Notre Dame.
"I've only been to the Michigan game, but in the next couple weeks I know I am definitely going to that Michigan-Michigan State game at State," Thomas said. "Notre Dame, Penn State and Wisconsin, those are three more schools I am going to be taking road trips to."
Growing up, Thomas was a fan of the Michigan Wolverines, but he has also been watching Alabama and Nebraska a lot in recent years, particularly because they fielded players like Marcel Dareus and Ndamukong Suh, respectively. Thomas said he enters his recruitment without any favorites, however.