December 1, 2009
Thomas impressed with Gill, Spartans
Michigan State is still in the hunt to add at least one defensive tackle to its 2010 recruiting class, and the Spartans had an opportunity to host Wadesboro (NC) Anson three-star DT Tra Thomas on his first official visit the weekend of the Penn State game (Nov. 20).
SpartanMag.com caught up with the 6-1, 271-pound Thomas Monday night and he talked about his time spent in East Lansing.
"It's a good school to be at, a good tradition and all, Spartan Nation. Coach (Ted) Gill is an extraordinary coach. He did a lot of tremendous things, and he's a guy who doesn't toot his own horn. He wants you to know how good he is and how good he can make you," Thomas said. "Michigan State was an exciting place. The football is big time, basketball is big time, school-wise pretty highly educated, things like that. Everything was good. I had a great time. I spent a lot of time with the coaches and players getting their point of view on things. Good coaching staff all around, and good people, real good people. The townspeople, fans and players, real good people. Other than that, everything was good over there."
Of all Thomas witnessed during his time on campus, it's safe to say his time spent with Gill, the Spartans' defensive line coach and also his primary recruiter, was the highlight of the trip.
"It was pretty great getting to meet a man like Coach Gill," Thomas said.
Now with his visit to MSU behind him, Thomas said he is considering the Spartans more than he did prior to his visit.
"It did a little both of both, moved them up a little bit and maybe has me looking at them a little more," he said, "breaking down how I fit in and what I look like going in first year as far as playing time and things like that. You know, actually get a real feel for me being there and things like that. They moved up from a so-so four, five spot to a three, two spot, maybe on the top of the list."
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