Arkansas LB Jaheim Thomas Enters Portal; Texas A&M Football In the Mix?
One of the top players in the conference at a position of need for Texas A&M football is now in the portal. Jaheim Thomas, who played for Arkansas this past season, is seeking to transfer to a new school to play his final year of college football.
As mentioned above, Thomas transferred last season as well. He spent three years at Cincinnati prior to arriving in Fayetteville. Texas A&M football was a player in his recruitment the last transfer cycle, and he was the apple of many Aggie fans eyes. Of course, the linebacker position turned out to be a huge strength for the Aggie defense this year anyway; but perhaps with Cooper now moving on, Thomas sees a much quicker path to playing time than he did previously.
Thomas possesses prototypical SEC linebacker size at 6'4" and 240. Despite playing for a lackluster Razorback squad, he was a bright spot. He led the Hogs in overall tackles, solo tackles, assisted tackles, tackles per game, and ranked third in both tackles for loss and sacks.
During his last go-round in the portal, Thomas had decided his destination in just a shade over two weeks, speaking to how quickly things can move in the portal world. It is imperative, then, that if the Aggies want to make a move here, they need to do it quickly. It is not seldom that we have seen players enter the portal and then commit on the first visit they take; so far, Thomas hasn't yet set up a visit to any school, but the Aggies need to get on that list if they want to be in the running for his services.
There hasn't been any buzz from insiders yet, but as I've said, these things crop up and change in the blink of an eye. There's no denying that adding a player like Thomas would do a lot to bolster a position that could use SEC starter-quality contributors. Thomas alongside Taurean York next year would be a great combo in the middle of the defense for Elko and new DC Jay Bateman. Will it come to be? We'll just have to wait and see.