As expected, 5-star DE Xavier Thomas has included South Carolina in his lead group. The No. 3 overall prospect in the class of 2018 tweeted the news on Sunday afternoon.
Ohio State, Clemson and Florida State also made the cut.
— Xavier Thomas 1️⃣9️⃣ (@atxlete) July 10, 2016
Thomas, who’s from Wilson High School in Florence, S.C., told SECCountry on Saturday about his plans to release the group.
The Gamecocks have a unique spot among the other three suitors.
“I grew up watching Coach Spurrier and I also imagined myself as (Jadeveon) Clowney, being him,” Thomas said. “Now that coach (Will) Muschamp is there, he’s telling me that I’m going to be the face of their program. That’s something that I’ve dreamed of since I was little.”
Clemson has a similar plan.
“Coach Dabo Swinney told me I was his No. 1 recruit in 2018. That was also big time. Just coming off a national championship. Even though they lost, that’s pretty big time,” Thomas said.
Ohio State scored a visit earlier this year.
“Coach (Urban) Meyer, he talked to us a lot. We watched them practice and it was a fast-tempo. I liked it a lot,” Thomas said.
Florida State was his first offer.
Thomas has registered 129 tackles, 34 tackles for loss and 17 sacks during his high school career.