IU football recruiting: 2023 edge rusher AJ Thomas announces commitment to Indiana

IU football picked up a commitment from class of 2023 edge rusher AJ Thomas on Monday afternoon.

The 6-foot-3 and 220-pound Thomas announced his decision on his Twitter page.

Thomas is a 3-star according to the 247Sports Composite, the No. 75 edge rusher in the class, and the No. 843 overall player in the senior class.  He chose IU over Tulane and Louisiana Tech.

Hailing from Ruston, La., Thomas played on both sides of the ball as a junior for Cedar Creek H.S. and also competed in track and field (shot put, discus).

Thomas recorded 53 tackles, 18 tackles for a loss, five sacks, 12 quarterback hurries and two pass breakups as a junior. He was a first-team all-district and LSWA All-State player.  He transferred to Zachary H.S. for his senior year.  Indiana is recruiting him for the hybrid defensive end/linebacker bull position.

Thomas had previously committed to Louisiana Tech in April.  He took an official visit to IU in June and decommitted from Louisiana Tech in July.

Thomas is the ninth overall verbal commit in Indiana’s 2023 class.  To see head coach Tom Allen’s expectations for the size of the class, GO HERE.


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