If the last few years at Notre Dame have been marked by on-field losses at Georgia as much as anything else, then the next few may be measured by recruiting gains from Georgia. The Peach State garnered a second four-star receiver commitment just this week in Jayden Thomas (Pace Academy; Atlanta) on Friday, joining consensus four-star Deion Colzie (Athens Academy; Ga.) from Monday.
With Lorenzo Styles (Pickerington Central High School; Ohio), the Irish can claim a trio of four-star receivers in the cycle, and with consensus three-star tight end Cane Berrong (Hart County H.S.; Hartwell, Ga.), three skill position players out of Georgia in this class.
Thomas may not stay at receiver, a thought simply stemming from watching his tape. Rivals.com considers him the No. 195 prospect in the class and the No. 36 receiver, but his 6-foot-2 frame already carrying more than 200 pounds could also conceivably end up among linebackers.
Thomas’ 4.6-second 40-yard dash speed looks lumbering, but he is more than capable of simply running past defensive backs. However, he does not have the quick hips necessary to play cornerback or arguably safety, hence the linebacker thought.
If Thomas remains as a receiver, he combines use of his shoulders with detailed footwork to create space on his routes. For that matter, those are skills that would also apply in running lanes as a linebacker.
— “JT”Jayden Thomas (@jgpt333) October 2, 2020
Thomas chose Notre Dame over Arkansas and Georgia. With three commits from Georgia in the class of 2021, it continues a recent Irish trend. Though there were none in 2020, three players from Georgia signed with Notre Dame in 2019, highlighted by current star sophomore safety Kyle Hamilton, and two in 2018, including current leading receiver junior tight end Tommy Tremble.