One of the more impressive athletes in the 2020 class in the Midwest is Cincinnati Princeton four-star linebacker Jaheim Thomas, and he is coming off a fantastic junior season in Ohio.
Thomas, 6-foot-5, 220-pounds, is a handful coming off the edge, and he has gotten stronger in the past year, so he is much better equipped to hold up against the running game as well.
The offers have been steadily pouring in, and Thomas is now well over 20 in total. Notre Dame is the latest school to offer, and the Fighting Irish are high on the four-star linebacker’s list of favorites.
“I was offered by (assistant coach) Mike Elston, and he had sent me a text the day before telling me to call him because he had some good news for me,” Thomas explained. “When he told me I had the offer it made me feel, because I see Notre Dame as a huge offer and it’s a big deal.”
“It shows me all my hard work is paying off when I get this type of offer,” he added. “I was very excited to get offered by Notre Dame, and I was hoping for this since I visited there last spring.”
“When I was there, I thought Notre Dame was great and it just seemed different than a lot of the other schools I had visited,” he continued. “The campus was nice, and it was a lot smaller than I thought it would be.”
Thomas is in the process of cutting down his list, and he admitted that Notre Dame is going to be a school that will be in his top list of favorites.
“I will definitely consider Notre Dame going forward, and they will be a school that I consider all the way,” Thomas stated. “They want to get me back on campus again, and I think I’m going to be going there next weekend with my teammate (four-star junior defensive end) Darrion Henry. We are talking to my coach about going there, and getting that firmed up.”
“I haven’t really cut my list down yet, but my parents and I are working on it,” he said. “Notre Dame will definitely be in the final group. “I want to commit to someone next summer, but if not then it will be early in my senior season.”
“My goal is to graduate early next year, and the enroll in January of 2020,” he noted. “I definitely want to play as a freshman in college, so I want to enroll early at the school I choose.”
Thomas is young for his grade, having just turned 16 recently, so he has a huge upside as a player. He is ranked as the No. 16 outside linebacker in the country for 2020 by the industry-generated 247Sports Composite.