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Three-star edge rusher AJ Thomas is staying home, signs with Tulane

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Monday night, three-star edge rusher, AJ Thomas, flipped his commitment from Indiana, and announced he’d be staying in-state and committing to Tulane. Thomas was committed to Indiana since mid-September.

Thomas is a 6-foot-3, 220-pound edge rusher from Zachary High School in Zachary, Louisiana. According to 247sports, he is ranked as the No. 87 edge rusher, the No. 35 recruit in Louisiana, and the No. 927 recruit in the country.

What inspired Thomas to flip his commitment to Tulane was the atmosphere within the Tulane football program. With Thomas’ commitment, Tulane holds 18 commitments, and is ranked No. 68 in the Class of 2023 recruiting class rankings, according to 247sports.

“The culture is unmatched,” Thomas said. “The coaching staff really trusts each other and lets the players run stuff on their own. They’re a championship winning team and I want to elevate the standard even more.”

Tulane is set to play in the Goodyear Cotton Bowl against USC on Monday, January 2nd at 1 p.m E.T., and is coming off of an American Athletic Conference championship. However, the championships and the winning wasn’t what attracted Thomas to Tulane.

“What attracted me was the mentality change,” Thomas said. “I talked to multiple players about the locker room and they said that everyone had the mentality where they gave it their all, and I wanted to be a part of that champion mentality.”

Thomas also takes great pride in representing his home state of Louisiana. In addition, with his hometown of Zachary being about an hour and a half away from New Orleans, many of Thomas’ family members will be able to see him play at Tulane.

“It feels amazing knowing that most of my family will be able to make every one of my games,” Thomas said. “Repping Louisiana football is something special.”

Along with Thomas, nine of Tulane’s commits are from Louisiana. Because of this, Thomas has already known several of his future teammates before committing to Tulane.

“I’m cool with Matthew Fobbs-White and Dickson Agu,” Thomas said. “As well as some other teammates I met on my official visit.”

Before he suits up at Tulane, Thomas plans to train during the spring until he arrives on campus in the summer.

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