South Carolina Football: Dominant 6'5 Defensive End Jhaustin Thomas Commits

Alex RobertsCorrespondent IOctober 4, 2011

South Carolina picked up a solid recruit for 2012 in Georgia defensive end Jhaustin Thomas of Decatur, Georgia.  He picked South Carolina over Georgia, Alabama, Auburn, Tennessee and a host of others who offered him scholarships. 

While listed as 6'5", his high school coach says he is still growing, and is closer to 6'6" or 6'7".  He is new to the sport, so he is fairly raw.  However, he has huge upside, and has been dominant his senior season. 

Adding the 6'5"(ish) Thomas gives South Carolina a trio of large defensive tackles, as Darrius English (6'6") and Carlos Hood (6'5") are already on board.

Jhasuitin Thomas is the eighth player from Georgia, and represents a new victory in the Steve Spurrier era.  South Carolina is becoming a dominant recruiting force in Georgia, which has predominantly not been South Carolina's strongest pipeline.

This is South Carolina's 21st commitment, and they are currently ranked No. 13 in the recruiting rankings. 

It is unclear how many more players South Carolina will attempt to sign, but there are some big-name four- and five-star recruits that are still pretty high on South Carolina.