Florida State added to its 2016 football recruiting class Saturday as defensive end Keir Thomas committed during Florida State's junior day. Out of Miami (Fla.) Central, Thomas was recently offered by the Seminoles. It was his first major offer, to go along with offers from Oregon State and Cincinnati. Thomas is unrated at the moment, but it is still very early in the recruiting process.
Thomas is 6'2 and 240 pounds, and had a strong 2014 season for the State Champion Rockets. I had a chance to see him in the championship game and he performed well, playing with a lot of power. Thomas actually plays on the inside for the Rockets. He shows great quickness off the ball and uses rip and swim moves effectively to get into the backfield and he racked up 20+ tackles for loss in a very tough division. I'll be interested to see how Thomas measures in and how he moves in space at the upcoming Nike combine in Miami on February 28.
Florida State has landed many commitments from Miami Central of late, including Da'Vante Phillips, Calvin Brewton, Dalvin Cook and Devonte Freeman.
"I chose FSU because they win," Thomas told Ryan Bartow of 247sports ($). "Jimbo is a good coach and I just like how (area recruiter) coach (Tim) Brewster came at me."
Thomas is the third defensive end type recruit commit to the Seminoles for the 2016 class, joining Janarius Robinson and Josh Brown. FSU will bring back 13 defensive linemen in 2016, and attrition of two is reasonable. Look for Florida State to sign four or five including two ends and two tackles.