One of the bigger names in the 2020 cycle for Tennessee is Omari Thomas — a four-star defensive lineman out of Memphis, Tennessee. On Monday, the in-state star named Tennessee as a part of his top six schools.
Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Texas A&M and Ole Miss joined the Volunteers in his top options.
I would first like to thank God for putting me in this situation and giving me the ability and talent to play football. Secondly, I would like to thank my family, coaches, and all of my support system for being there for me. #DaSavageWay#ISOWay pic.twitter.com/zhQmsh5hdn— Omari "Big O" Thomas (@901_sxvxge) June 17, 2019
Thomas is the 93rd ranked prospect in the 2020 class, according to the 247 Sports Composite Rankings. He’s the 4th ranked player in the state of Tennessee, trailing Vols’ targets Reggie Grimes, KeShawn Lawrence and Chris Morris. Interestingly enough, Thomas is rated by 247 Sports as a tackle, but the Vols are recruiting him as a defensive lineman.
Thomas traveled to Knoxville last week on an unofficial visit. He’s seen both Alabama and Auburn over the last couple of months. Tennessee’s new defensive coordinator Derrick Ansley visited Thomas personally back in April.
Tennessee has been trending in the right direction with a handful of in-state prospects in recent weeks, perhaps signaling that they’ve begun to retake the borders of their state once more. Previous staffs didn’t do that — it’s not hard to see the longterm affects that it had, either.
Below is a good look a what Thomas brings to the table, both offensively and defensively.