2022 DT Bishop Thomas talks Florida State, relationship with Byron Turner

Through the first three months of 2021, prospects across the country are beginning to see their recruitments grow with spring football just weeks away. 2022 defensive tackle Bishop Thomas has picked up offers from Florida State, Texas, Tennessee, Louisville, and others since the new year began.

“It’s a blessing,” Thomas said. “It feels good. I’m just grinding right now. Offers are going to be there. Right now, I’ve just got to do what I’ve got to do and then make my decision whenever that is.”

The Seminoles joined his recruitment earlier in March, an offer that Thomas had been waiting on for a while. The entire coaching staff was on hand to deliver the good news. He really enjoyed their approach.

“The whole staff offered me,” Thomas said. “I got on the phone with everybody and they said that they would like to offer me, even the head coach [Norvell].”

“It was cool because it wasn’t just like a one man job,” Thomas continued. “It was like a family thing, how they came at you, how they approached you.”

Thomas was blown away to pick up an offer from FSU, a team he was a fan of growing up. He even has been following the basketball team’s March Madness run and had zero doubts that they’d make the Sweet Sixteen.

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“I always watched Florida State growing up so it’s so crazy that I have an opportunity to actually go there. I mean, it’s just amazing.”

Since picking up the offer a few weeks ago from Florida State, his main contacts have been with defensive line coach Odell Haggins, linebackers coach Chris Marve, and running backs coach David Johnson. Thomas and Haggins speak nearly every day.

“It’s all going good right now,” Thomas said. “We all communicate. Coach Odell actually calls me like every day to check up on me and see how things are going, how I’m doing.”

A native of Lousiana, Thomas spent the first few seasons of his prep career at St. Augustine High School where he crossed paths with #Tribe21 defensive end signee Byron Turner. The two have developed a close relationship and remained in contact even after Thomas moved to Florida and hang out whenever he comes home. Thomas also says that they’ve talked about playing together at the college level.

Funnily enough, coach Johnson was the head coach at St. Augustine from 2009-11.

“Me and Byron, the school I went to in Louisiana, St. Augustine High School. Byron actually goes there, he’s about to graduate,” Thomas said. “We’ve been playing for a long time together. When he picked up the offer [from FSU], I wasn’t getting recruited heavily like I am now. So, I was like him ‘dang, tell them to offer me so we can go there together’ and he was like ‘bet.’ He told them and right about now, it just started exploding, started coming into action.”

“Our relationship,” Thomas continued. “We’re like brothers. He comes to my house every time I come home.”

Early on in the process, Florida State, Tennessee, Texas, Louisville, and Marshall have been pursuing him hard. Thomas plans to visit Tallahassee for the first time on April 10 for the Seminoles’ spring game. He’d also like to check out the Volunteers and Longhorns over the summer.

“Academics,” Thomas said. “I’m gonna need academic support and help in general so I don’t fall behind. A family, a nice defense, and having everybody on the same mindset to go win a championship. That’s what we should be going for, not thinking about going to the draft or anything, with the team.”

The Bishop Moore Catholic High School is thinking about making a commitment late this summer before the beginning of his senior season. However, that decision is still fluid and Thomas doesn’t have his mind made up on a specific date.

“I’ve been thinking about doing it the week before the season starts,” Thomas said. “My mind isn’t really set though, I really don’t know.”

The 6-foot-2, 285-pound defensive tackle is currently unranked according to 247Sports but we expect that to change in the near future.

Keep up with NoleGameday for the latest on Bishop Thomas’ senior season and recruitment.

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