It’s no secret that Tennessee needs help on the edge. The Vols are involved with a number of prospects in the 2020 class as Jeremy Pruitt tries to ramp up this Tennessee pass rush. One of the higher ranked prospects that Pruitt and the Tennessee staff have been after is Ohio outside linebacker Jaheim Thomas, a four-star player out of Cincinnati.
Thomas seems to fit the mold of what this staff wants — versatile linebackers who can line up and play any of the four linebacker positions in the defensive front.
On Sunday, Thomas released a top seven consisting of Michigan State, Cincinnati, Kentucky, LSU, Louisville, Maryland and Tennessee.
Doing what’s best for me not a package deal... pic.twitter.com/EWQlM0kM83— Jaheim (@JaheimThomas454) June 2, 2019
One noteworthy omission here was Ohio State, which holds nine of the ten crystal ball projections for Thomas.
The Ohio linebacker prospect ranks as the 272nd player in the 2020 class currently, according to the 247 Sports Composite Rankings. Thomas is the 20th ranked outside linebacker prospect in the country.
Thomas noted in his top seven release that he’s “doing what’s best for me not a package deal...” He’s been joined by four-star defensive tackle Darrion Henry and five-star offensive tackle Paris Johnson on recruiting visits this year. Each come out of the Cincinnati area and have been thought of by some as a package deal.
Thomas picked up his Tennessee offer in January and visited Knoxville shortly after for a junior day event. He returned in March for another unofficial during spring practice. Big time offers from Alabama, Georgia, Ohio State have all come in this spring, but none of those schools made his top seven this weekend.
LSU got Thomas on campus for an official visit in early May. We’ll see if Tennessee gets in the mix for an official over the summer months.