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From Louisiana to Arizona: three-star defensive tackle, Landen Thomas commits to Arizona State

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Last week, three-star defensive tackle, Landen Thomas, took an official visit to Arizona State and shortly after received an offer from the Sun Devils. Monday evening, Thomas announced his commitment to Arizona State.

Thomas is a 6-foot-4, 240-pound defensive tackle from Zachary High School in Zachary, Louisiana. According to, he is ranked as the No. 166 defensive tackle in the country, the No. 56 recruit in Louisiana, and the No. 1,584 recruit in the country.

Although Arizona State came into his recruitment later on, regardless, Thomas felt the staff genuinely wanted him to become a part of their class and their program.

“The coaching staff is really genuine people,” Thomas said. “They really express how much they really want me to come and play for them.”

Of the coaches, Thomas has the strongest relationship with defensive line coach, Vince Amey. The Sun Devils recently hired a new head coach, Kenny Dillingham.

“Coach Amey, I’m closest with him,” Thomas said. “He tells me how much he really wanted me and how good of a player I will be for him in the near future.”

While on his official visit, Thomas got to know some fellow future Sun Devils like Texas transfer and edge rusher, Prince Dorbah. He also got to know a recruit who was also examining Arizona State in uncommitted three-star safety, Josiah Cox.

“My official visit we hung out,” Thomas said. “Had a good time.”

Arizona State may have come from what seems like “out of the blue” for the three-star defensive tackle, especially being far from Arizona. But distance didn’t bother Thomas; Arizona State was a play that suited him and a place he can play college football.

“Distance isn’t a problem,” Thomas said. “I loved it, the place is beautiful, no complaints.”

Once Thomas arrives in Tempe, he looks forward most to “being able to show my talents, and show why I’m at ASU for a reason.”

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