DETROIT — Ambry Thomas has yet to venture into the Volunteer State, and yet, Coach Butch Jones and his staff have continued to recruit the talented defensive back.
Thomas said Thursday that’s enough to keep Tennessee in the mix and arouse his curiosity about the SEC East Division preseason favorites.
“I’m going to visit Tennessee next month,” said Thomas, a four-star cornerback from Detroit’s Martin Luther King High school who holds several offers from coast to coast.
“A lot of the SEC schools stopped recruiting me because I haven’t been down there yet, but Tennessee has stayed on me, its whole coaching staff,” said the 6-foot, 185-pounder.
“I get a lot of text messages from the Tennessee coaches, and I have a lot of their numbers saved.”
Thomas is ranked as the No. 134 player in the nation, the No. 16 cornerback and the second-best player in the Great Lakes State.
Thomas said he would be willing to leave Michigan for the right situation.
“To me, distance doesn’t matter,” Thomas said. “It’s all about the relationships with the coaches and the feel you get for the people there.”
Thomas said that’s why he continues to consider Kentucky, as he struck up a positive relationship with Steve Clinkscale when the new Wildcats’ secondary coach was co-defensive coordinator at Cincinnati.
The 247Sports “Crystal Ball” projects defending Big Ten champion Michigan State and up-and-coming Michigan as the leaders for Thomas’ services.
Thomas, one of more than 500 at the Sound Mind Sound Body camp being held at Wayne State in Detroit Thursday and Friday, said Ole Miss and LSU are the other two SEC schools who continue to recruit him.
“I know SEC football is pretty good,” Thomas said, “but being from Detroit, I’m confident I can compete anywhere.”
Player rankings are from the 247Sports composite unless otherwise noted.