Recruiting on the South Plains | 2013 OT Poet Thomas Commits to Texas Tech

Michael C. Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury snags an under-the-radar commit from Detroit in offensive tackle Poet Thomas.

PLAYER: Poet Thomas

POSITION: Offensive Tackle
HEIGHT: 6'6"
WEIGHT: 295
FORTY: 5.60
HIGH SCHOOL: Country Day (Beverly Hills, MI)
VIDEO: Clip 1 | Clip 2
RECRUITING SERVICES: Rivals 5.4 | Scout | ESPN 75 | 24/7 Sports 79
CUMULATIVE RANKING: 63.43
VTM PROFILE DATE: February 13, 2013

OFFERS | Akron, Arkansas Pine Bluff, Colorado, Eastern Michigan, Florida, Kansas, Marshall, SMU, Texas Tech, Toledo, Western Michigan

STATS | Nothing.

THE PLAYER SPEAKS | Well, yes, yes I do have something. Per MLive, there's a lot here. So Thomas has family in Texas, so that makes more sense and Thomas gives a really good idea of how his commitment happened. Oh, and the "hat ceremony" didn't start well:

Slightly botching his selection ceremony by accidentally taking the wrong school's hat out of his briefcase at first, Thomas was all smiles when he reached back in and pulled out the Texas Tech hat.

And here's Thomas' head coach:

"I think they are getting a player who the sky is the limit for," MacLean said. "He's got a lot of potential. For a big man, he is really athletic ... I think he goes in there, works hard and has a great attitude. He's just going to achieve a ton.

SCOUTING REPORT | Thomas is big and fast and pretty darned light on his feet:

But he is also so much more physically dominant that his opponents it is almost unfair. This video is almost entirely of him at defensive tackle and he is dominating. So we do know that if he doesn't work out at offensive tackle, he might have a pretty good time at defensive tackle. Quick feet, the ability to fight off blockers and a pretty agile frame makes me think that those sorts of things translate to offensive tackle. The offensive highlights aren't as impressive because he is so big and you don't get a real good idea as to technique.

Poet, welcome to Texas Tech and Git Your Guns Up!

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