Detroit (Mich.) Country Day lineman Poet Thomas started out his recruitment with early offers from Florida, Colorado and several Mid-American Conference schools. As the spring has progressed, more teams are entering the picture for the 6-foot-6, 295-pound Thomas.
"Kansas is coming into the picture very strong. They are talking to me a lot here lately and I am actually supposed to be giving one of them a call tonight," Thomas said." Alabama is coming into the picture a little bit. I have been talking to Coach Bobby Williams from there. Those two in particular are sticking out.
"Michigan State and Michigan, I am talking to them a little more now. They are really pushing for me to come up to camp here in June. I think if any Big Ten school would offer, it would make a difference. I feel like once I get one Big Ten offer, the rest will come."
The in-state Big Ten schools hold particular appeal for Thomas, and it stems from more than just generating additional offers.
"If Michigan or Michigan State came in, I'd be thinking about committing earlier," Thomas said. "It definitely will be a thought in my mind about being closer to home and my family being able to see me play."
Thomas has yet to visit either BCS school outside his region that has offered, but would like to see one or both of Colorado and Florida this summer.
"As soon as we sign up for the NCAA Clearinghouse, I am going to start taking visits," he said. "We will probably start in June or July and hopefully make my decision even before the season."
At Florida, Thomas is being recruited by assistant coach Bryant Young and has stayed in close contact with him over the spring. He is also in contact with Gators' commitment Cameron Dillard, who is also from southeast Michigan.
"We work out together with Lomas [Brown] and I have seen him at camps," Thomas said. "After he committed to Florida I saw him and he gave me the scoop on everything, so I'll have to go down and see it myself now. I know it is beautiful because I was told by [Dillard] that it is hot but it is beautiful."