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Two Lanier freshmen get SEC offer, going to Rivals camp

Two Lanier freshmen get SEC offer, going to Rivals camp
Posted on 03/13/2015
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As college football recruiting becomes more competitive, prospects are getting offers earlier in their careers. Sidney Lanier freshmen Alfred Thomas and James Foster were beneficiaries of that new strategy on Tuesday, with each of them pulling in offers from Mississippi State and North Carolina.

Lanier coach C.J. Harris has been talking to coaches from Auburn, Alabama, Ole Miss, South Carolina and Kentucky as well. Both are taking an unofficial visit to Auburn on Saturday.

Thomas-a 6-foot-3, 240-pound defensive end-linebacker-burst onto the scene with nine sacks for the Poets last season. He was also the goal-line back for the Poets, and said he can fit in anywhere on the field.

"I didn't expect it at first. But I think I had a good season and it happened," Thomas said. "I feel comfortable anywhere on the football field, any position. It doesn't matter really. It's just football. I love the game."

Foster-6-foot-3, 188-pound quarterback-has turned heads with his fluid throwing motion and athletic ability. He said he's ready for the attention that comes with being a Division I prospect.

"I'm just excited. It's a blessing. I'm at a loss for words," Foster said. "I'm ready for all of it. Just trying to win a state championship. And stay focused on my team and my grades."

The offers caught the attention of recruiting scouts, and the pair of Poets were invited to the Rivals Combine in Birmingham on March. 21.

"Every college is looking for that edge in trying to find the next great player. These kids are getting younger, but they're also getting bigger, faster and stronger at the same time. When I played, we didn't have many 6-foot-3 kids that were playing as freshmen," Harris said. "This makes them hungrier and want to get out and excel. I told them, 'When you start getting offers at such a young age, there's a lot required. At the same time, it gives other kids around them an opportunity to be seen by these colleges."

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