Alabama breaking out the tricks to steal elite WR from LSU football

LSU football head coach Ed Orgeron (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Alabama is hoping to swipe an elite recruit from LSU football.

Four-star wide receiver Brian Thomas is one of LSU football‘s top 2021 recruiting targets.

The Tigers are presumably the favorite to land the Louisiana native, who is rated as the No. 2 wide receiver in the nation by 247Sports.

But Alabama is a threat to steal Thomas and it might have to do with a trick that the Crimson Tide broke out.

According to Rivals, former Alabama wide receiver Julio Jones, who currently plays in the NFL for the Atlanta Falcons, recently reached out to Thomas to try to sway the talented recruit to Tuscaloosa.

Rivals recruiting analyst Sam Spiegelman said that Jones reaching out made a “serious impression” on Thomas.

Spiegelman, however, still believes that LSU is the team to beat for the dynamic wide receiver.

Why Brian Thomas is a must-get player for LSU football

The main reason the Tigers need to land Thomas is that he’s a four-star wide receiver from Louisiana. It’s always important to keep elite talent from leaving the state (especially when a rival program is in the mix).

But beyond the fact that Thomas is from Louisiana, it’s also important for LSU to land him because he’s a great prospect.

Thomas has prototypical size at 6-foot-4/185 lbs. He has the ability to stretch the field or pick up chunks of yardage after the catch.

247Sports national writer Charles Power describes Thomas as “dangerous after the catch” and a player who “uses his ball skills and coordination to come down with acrobatic grabs in traffic”.

Power noted that Thomas is a standout basketball player as well, which usually translates to success on the football field for bigger wide receivers.

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For now, Thomas doesn’t have a timetable for his commitment. He told Rivals that he wants to visit Georgia and Texas A&M before he makes a decision, but he also pointed out that a decision could come before he makes those visits.