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Report: LSU General Manager Austin Thomas Leaving for Tennessee

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NCAA Football: Tennessee at Missouri Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

In a move that has been rumored for weeks, LSU general manager Austin Thomas is leaving his post in Baton Rouge for a position with Tennessee, according to 247 sports.

Thomas is a Nashville native, graduating from Lipscomb University. He did multiple things for LSU, including recruiting, football operations and even some coaching. According to the report, Thomas is expected to fill a similar role at Tennessee.

He doesn’t have ties to new head coach Jeremy Pruitt, but he worked as a recruiting intern under new Tennessee AD Phillip Fulmer back in 2008. He remained on staff through the Lane Kiffin year.

His wheelhouse remains in recruiting, where he is credited with helping LSU pull five star talent out of the state of Tennessee.

Pruitt mentioned the fact that he wants to make Tennessee “our state” again. This is a big time move to do just that. With Thomas now on the staff, Pruitt has already assembled a group of absolute rockstar recruiters. His plan is clear. Tennessee is going to work to bring top talent back to Knoxville and figure out the rest after that.