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4-star OL Darius Thomas commits to Ole Miss over Georgia

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The Rebels have found their next left tackle.

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Terrence Metcalf.

Michael Oher.

Laremy Tunsil.

Greg Little.

And now Darius Thomas.

After signing one of the best offensive line classes in 2016, Under Armour All-American Tony Gray in 2017, Ole Miss is back at it again despite missing on a few in last year’s cycle.

The Jonesboro, Ark. native officially visited Memphis, Ole Miss, and Georgia before finally deciding that he wanted to join the #MississippiMade movement. The No. 19 offensive tackle in the country and No. 170 overall player in the country chose the Rebels over notable offers from Arkansas, Auburn, Arizona State, Indiana, LSU, Mississippi State, Missouri, and Texas among others.

Jack Bicknell has already received verbal commitments from three-stars Nick Broeker, Carter Colquitt, Caleb Etienne, Jeremy James, Reece McIntyre, Bryce Ramsey, and Caleb Warren, but now he is big-game hunting in SEC West enemy territory now that he has received a verbal commitment from the four-star tackle.

Thomas and the aforementioned commits will be joining a stellar offensive class on campus that includes three-star tackle Hamilton Hall and three-star guard Jalen Cunningham. This is a major key since the Rebs will lose four of their five starters after 2018 (Greg Little, Javon Patterson, Sean Rawlings, and Jordan Sims).

Matt Luke and Bicknell certainly know that they are losing quite a bit after this season and they are doing everything in their power to rectify those losses and then some.

How does he fit in?

Thomas is every bit of 6’6 and 332-pounds and moves well for a man his size. To be honest, the similarities between he and Little when he was coming out of Allen, Tex. in the 2016 class are scary close. Greg was 6’6, 305 when he graduated high school and now sits comfortably at a slim 332-pounds.

Darius has the ideal length that you want in an offensive tackle and the feet that coaches drool over for pass protection. He has extremely violent hands at the point of attack and works well in the screen game when getting out in space and dealing with defensive backs. He is a legitimate four-star who has an opportunity to come in and replace No. 74 if/when he leaves for the NFL Draft.

With Little holding down left tackle for his last season most likely, Thomas will be counted on to step in and be a key contributor almost right away in 2019. He is flexible, can really bend at the point of attack, and can get in and out of his kick slides with ease when protecting the passer. This is a commit that may not start immediately from day one, but he will be a three or four-year starter for the Rebels before it is all said and done because of his ideal frame, potential, and skill set.

The long-standing left tackle factory in Oxford just got its next man.

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