Darron Thomas, the 6-foot-3, 195-pound four-star athlete from Aldine High School in Houston, Texas, has 17 scholarship offers but has narrowed down his choices to two schools: LSU and Florida. No official trips set yet.
"They go head-to-head every year and are both on top of the SEC," Thomas said. "I'm not even thinking about other schools. Right now it's LSU and Florida, that's it. I'll visit both of them in the fall and see where I feel more comfortable."
Thomas, ranked No. 41 in the Southwest by Scout.com and the No. 15 QB nationally, grew up following LSU and the Tigers were the early favorite until Florida offered about a month ago.
"Florida is the national champions and I like their system a lot," Thomas said. "I really like their offense and the coaches there know how to win. They want me to play wide receiver and LSU is recruiting me for quarterback."
In fact, that may be what gives LSU an advantage as Thomas admits he prefers playing quarterback. "I prefer playing QB," he said. "I've been playing it in high school and I like having the ball in my hands. I'd rather continue playing quarterback in college.
"LSU really needs a quarterback and they said that I'd be able to play early," he said. "I think they have a great offense and they should be a winning team for a long time. They've got some great players; they just need some help at quarterback. That might give them an edge, but it's basically 50/50 between LSU and Florida."
Thomas will be attending the Tigers camp on July 26.
He reports a 3.3 core GPA and a 1390 SAT.