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Louisiana lineman commits to Texas

Posted July 9th, 2014

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Texas picked up its first pledge in nearly two months on Wednesday with the addition of Louisiana offensive lineman Garrett Thomas.

Thomas, a three-star prospect out of Many, LA, pulled the trigger on the announcement two days after saying via Twitter he was considering the Longhorns along with Michigan, South Carolina, Ole Miss, and Oklahoma.

Thomas is the fourth offensive lineman to commit to Texas’ 2015 class, and it’s no surprise head coach Charlie Strong’s focus has been in the trenches. The new UT head man has said on multiple occasions he intends to build strong offensive and defensive lines before he worries about the skill positions.

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“I’m big into linemen,” Strong said in February. “I tell these guys all the time, ‘I’ll find a little guy.’ I want big guys. Big guys are hard to find. And big guys beat up little guys.”

The Longhorns now have 11 players committed to sign letters of intent next February, a group 247Sports composite rankings rates as 18th in the country.

Thomas, who stands 6-feet-5-inches and weighs 305 pounds, is listed as the 34th overall player in the state of Louisiana and the 38th offensive guard in the country by 247Sports composite rankings.

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