Elijah Thomas is the No. 8 power forward in the ESPN 100 and anchors the paint for Lancaster (Lancaster, Texas). A dominant AAU season and an equally dominant junior year has nearly every major college in the country putting on the full-court recruiting press. He’s agreed to give USA TODAY HSS exclusive access into his world by chronicling everything from intimate details about his recruitment to his everyday life in a monthly blog.
What’s up world!
Most of y’all know that Tuesday is my big announcement day and I’m definitely excited about it and relieved that I’ll have this big decision out of the way, but, at the same time, not knowing where you’re gonna go and having second thoughts about everything is kinda awkward.
I set this date because I wanted to have this over with so I could concentrate on my season and my senior year, but it’s only harder now that it’s time to decide.
Of course there are things that I like about each school.
With LSU they have a really great coaching staff and they’re gonna have a great team next season. I really liked the atmosphere around campus and I definitely think they’re on the come-up. With Oklahoma State, I love that Jawun Evans is there; that definitely helps them with me. It’s definitely one of my favorite schools; I know the whole team and the coaches and the atmosphere there is really live.
Then you’ve got Texas A&M and my bruh just committed there. If I went there that would make 4 of the top 5 in the state committed there. They were the first to offer me a scholarship when I was in the eighth grade and I’m close with the team and the coaches. So I know it would be a good look.
Illinois is a school I really like a lot; I love how they maneuver their posts in their offense. Coach Groce is a great coach and I love the atmosphere there too. Their fans are crazy and they showed me a lot of love on the visit. Plus, I’m really close with all of the guys committed there.
Then there’s SMU and THE Larry Brown. It’s close to home and I know they’re gonna be a really strong team this year and the year that I get on campus. That’s definitely attractive to me. Plus you can’t beat playing in your own backyard. That’s definitely a selling point for me because I’m close with my family and them being able to see me play would be big.
Of course people have their own opinions about where I’m going, but what fans and readers need to remember is that it’s just what people “think.”
It’s crazy how much people believe it when people put things out there like they actually know what I’m thinking.
How do you know if I don’t know?
I’m planning on waking up Tuesday morning and having a decision. I know that sounds crazy, but I’ve been weighing everything out and I feel like I’ll know. It’s hard when you’ve got five schools that are great fits.
OK y’all I’m gonna sign off because I have a lot to think about.
This announcement will be tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. Central time at Lancaster High School so if you’re in the area come check it out.
I’ll see y’all there.
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