Xavier Thomas Recruiting Update: 5-Star DE Sends Message To Fans

    Five-star defensive end Xavier Thomas had a message for fans questioning the legitimacy of his recruitment, as the nation's No. 1 overall player is trying to decide between Clemson and South Carolina.

    March 5, 2017

    Five-star defensive end Xavier Thomas had a message for fans questioning the legitimacy of his recruitment, as the nation’s No. 1 overall player is trying to decide between Clemson and South Carolina. 


    When he announced it in December, many didn’t know what to think of Xavier Thomas‘ decision to limit his college recruitment to Clemson and South Carolina.

    But the 5-star prospect is set on spending his collegiate football career close to his home of Florence, South Carolina — despite the fact he’s playing his senior season at the IMG Academy.

    However, some fans have made Thomas feel like a target and have apparently accused him of drawing out his recruitment.

    The country’s No. 1 defensive end and No. 1 overall player released a statement to set the record straight and reaffirm his commitment date as Dec. 20, 2017.

    “Fans are crazy. This is for me and any other recruits who deal with this. But with me, fans supposedly think I’m playing some sort of game for hype with my recruitment. If I was ready to commit to a school and knew where I wanted to go to spend the next 3-4 years of my life then I would have committed already. I am evaluating my options to make the best decision for myself and my future, which is why I am waiting until December 20 to make my decision, so I can continue evaluating my options with my parents and family before I graduate in December — to choose what is best for ME.”

    In the past week, Thomas has taken unofficial visits to both Clemson and South Carolina.

    And the battle between Dabo Swinney’s staff and Will Muschamp’s staff will wage on until this winter when Thomas chooses between the two.

    MORE: 2018 Recruiting Class Player Rankings – The CI 25

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