Bishop Thomas was one of five players who committed to FSU head coach Mike Norvell either during or just after their official visits to Tallahassee last weekend. Thomas, who is 6-foot-2 and 301 pounds, is a three-star prospect and is ranked as the 70th-best defensive line prospect in the class of 2022.
Thomas committed to Norvell last Saturday night while standing on the Seminole logo at mid-field in Doak Campbell Stadium.
“I committed while we were taking our pictures,” said Thomas. “I just felt it. As soon as I felt it in my heart, I just did it. Immediately.”
Despite many experts predicting that FSU was in the lead to land the talented defender, Thomas did not come into his official visit weekend with plans of committing to Norvell.
“I had no idea I was doing anything,” said Thomas. “I’m just going to go wherever God tells me, and God told me to come here.”
Thomas played this past football season in Orlando for Bishop Moore Catholic High but began his high school career at New Orleans (La.) St. Augustine High School, where he was teammates with FSU freshman defensive lineman Byron Turner. This connection put Thomas on Florida State’s radar early in his recruiting process, where he developed a relationship with defensive tackles coach Odell Haggins.
“I was like, ‘Dang, this guy’s got a lot of wisdom inside of him,’ ” said Thomas of his first time meeting Haggins in person. “He’s like a grandfather of the game. Our relationship is mutual, it’s just a feeling. We don’t talk too much about football. We just talk about life and how it’s going and how we have to fix our life problems.”
Thomas spoke on his relationship with Turner, who he got to spend time with over the weekend and talked about what it will mean to play with his friend and former teammate.
“I owe Byron a year,” said Thomas. “We played in high school together, so I’ve been telling him I owe him a year. I might as well just give him my whole college career while we’re at it.”
Thomas took official visits to Texas and Tennessee prior to visiting FSU and explained what was important for him to see and experience during those visits and why he committed when he did.
“It wasn’t about really standing out, because if I would have gone off the brightest light, I would have felt like I didn’t feel it,” said Thomas. “I felt this one in my gut. Walking in here, I’ve been catching chills, so I had to do it. I couldn’t just leave here without doing it.”