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Is Georgia or Auburn Best Fit for 5-Star RB Racean Thomas?

Via 247Sports
Via 247Sports
Andrew KulhaSenior Analyst IIIOctober 8, 2016

Racean Thomas, a 5-star running back, has Auburn and Georgia on top of his interest list, but which major SEC program is the best fit for the talented recruit?

Frankly, on the surface Thomas can't go wrong either way. He's an extremely gifted running back, who's ranked as the No. 4 running back in the 2014 class according to the 247Sports Composite rankings. He's also the No. 3 player from the state of Alabama.

He's going to be a big-time college football player wherever he does end up, so that's one thing to keep in mind right off the bat.

Kipp Adams of ESPN.com reports on Thomas' top two interests:

At the moment, Thomas admitted two programs are standing out from the rest. 

"Georgia and Auburn are sticking out to me right now," Thomas said. "Auburn is so young and their players are developing. I think they are going to have a great season this year. The coaches are great and I get a great home feeling when I go up there. Coach [Rodney] Garner and Coach [Rhett] Lashlee are cool guys that treat me like a son. I had a great time when I visited Georgia and Coach Bryan McClendon helps me while we watch film. I want to see him again and see if I get that same feeling there that I get at Auburn." 

It's also worth noting that at one point Thomas looked to be an Alabama lean and has unofficially visited the Crimson Tide a number of times. That said, for now, it appears as if Alabama has taken a backseat to Georgia and Auburn.

In regard to the best fit out of both schools, I really like what Thomas could bring to Georgia's offense, and he actually reminds me a bit of current star running back Keith Marshall in a way. Thomas has good size at 5'11'', 196 pounds, he's extremely athletic and he's very elusive.

Thomas is not really a straight-line runner, but he has great shifty feet and an excellent spin move. He has the ability to make potential tacklers miss, and then once he finds the hole he has a good burst and the speed to outrun defenders to the second level.

He has the potential to be very Marshall-esque in Georgia's offense, and he could easily compete with 2014 commitment, 4-star all-purpose back Stanley Williams, for that role once both Todd Gurley and Marshall move on from Athens. 

Also consider the fact that Auburn signed three running backs in the 2013 class, and the Tigers just got a commitment from 2014 bruiser back Kamryn Pettway. Georgia's depth chart favors Thomas a little bit more, and he can be very effective in the Bulldogs' scheme.

Gurley and Marshall will still be around for a while, but the next great combo of Georgia running backs could very well feature Thomas, who could be a great complement to 2013 running back A.J. Turman.

The fit is there, and the Bulldogs have obviously made a good impression with Thomas. 

This could end up being a great match. 

 

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