Checking in with Logan Thomas

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Logan¬†Thomas and the Brookville Bees (Lynchburg, VA) kicked off their 2008 season is a positive fashion Friday night, defeating two-time defending Group AA state champion Amherst 24-21. The 6-6, 225-pound rising senior, one of the most highly recruited prospects in the state of Virginia’s 2009 class, didn’t have his best offensive game but turned in two big defensive plays in the end to hold off the Lancers.

Brookville, which returned 18 starters from last season’s region champion squad, is happy with the win.

“We expected it to be a hard game,” said Thomas, whose fourth down interception in the final minute ended Amherst’s hopes. Thomas plays linebacker on defense and is the team’s starting quarterback, but he is projected to be a versatile tight end-type on the next level.

“We thought it may come down to the wire, which it did. We’ve been practicing hard and for that game all summer. The outcome we thought would be higher in our favor, but we’ll take a win and move on.”

Thomas turned in a gutsy second-half effort, playing through cramps in both calves in helping his team to victory.

“I had to make up for a bad first half,” said Thomas. “If it wasn’t for me, the game might not have been close. My teammates picked me up.

“This game starts us off at 1-0. We’re just happy to be in that spot. Now we know what we need to work on.”

Over the past month, Thomas has been less focused on his recruiting process and more focused on Amherst and the beginning of his senior season. When we last checked in, the talented athlete had narrowed his list to seven schools – Clemson, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest and West Virginia. A new program has surfaced in Thomas’ recruitment, however, and that program could have a spot on the finalists list if an offer is extended.

“The newest thing is I just got a call from Florida State,” Thomas said. “They just called my coach and talked and said they were reevaluating and my name came up. They didn’t offer, though.”