Mark Dantonio Adds Commitment Number Two for 2011: Spartan Nation #1 Player in Michigan LB Lawrence Thomas from Detroit Renaissance

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Last night at the Breslin Center Thomas didn’t hide his love for the program.  MSU is where he felt comfortable with a staff that took the time to get to know him as a person and not just a football player.  Photo courtesy of Mark Boomgaard.

Last night at the Breslin Center Thomas didn’t hide his love for the program. MSU is where he felt comfortable with a staff that took the time to get to know him as a person and not just a football player. Photo courtesy of Mark Boomgaard.

 

Last night at the Breslin Center the Izzone cheered for Lawrence Thomas the star linebacker from Detroit Renaissance.He smiled and nodded his appreciation and this morning he informed Mark Dantonio that even with every who’s who of college football going after him, his heart was in East Lansing.

Thomas comes to MSU as the second commitment from 2011 and is the state of Michigan’s number one player according to the Spartan Nation rankings.He is the fourth Detroit Renaissance player to commit to MSU since Mark Dantonio’s arrival and the second big time LB from the school.Chris Norman from the 2009 class is the other.

 

When you analyze Lawrence's strengths and weaknesses, it is easy to see why he is regarded by most as the top prospect in Michigan.  As a premier high school prospect there is little he doesn't do well as a football player.He does everything well.The only weakness is that he can be so aggressive that at times he doesn’t take time to read a play.He has tremendous instincts and at the next level, teams will try to negate his natural instincts with deception and play action.  It make take a bit of adjustment, but he is coachable young man.

 

His biggest strength is that he is ferocious.Rarely does he make a tackle that doesn’t look painful.He has incredible technique and once he gets his hands on you, attempting to escape is futile.Thomas is very smart and has a great balance between football intelligence and pure raw athleticism.

 

 

He will be more ready to play as an impact freshman when he arrives at MSU than perhaps any other player in the Mark Dantonio era.Imagine he and Max Bullough pairing with each other inside when MSU uses their 3-4 viper formation with Chris Norman and William Gholston on the outside.Or imagine Thomas and Norman on the outside when they are in a 4-3.

 

 

Big Ten teams and future opponents will not sleep well knowing what MSU has stowed in the hopper at LB and what is coming with Thomas.This 6’4” and 238# machine is a monster on the football field.Even better news is that like his fellow Renaissance teammates who have already made the move to East Lansing he is an exceptional young man and student.

 

 

The Thomas commitment has sent shock waves through a Wolverine fan base that once took Detroit recruits for granted.  The tide has clearly turned in the 'D' and MSU has started their 2011 class off in star-studded fashion.Thomas is the type of recruit that brings others kids with great talent.For him, the choice was easy.He followed his heart. Here is some great video of Thomas and his amazing play to watch when you CLICK RIGHT HERE.

 

 

Spartan Nation has said for several months that we expected Thomas to commit to MSU early.We also told you that 2011 could be the best class in many years at MSU.  Based upon the first two commitments, MSU is in for a bumper crop.

 

 

Here is the information on the other 2011 recruit Onaje Miller.

 

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