LAKEWOOD, Ohio (BVM) – Loghan Thomas stands out whenever he is on the field with his 6-foot-3, 210-pound frame that he uses to explode on offensive linemen. On3 ranks the defensive game wrecker as the No. 168 player in the country for the 2024 recruiting class.
ND Commit Loghan Thomas on the big stop.
Thomas is all over early with a few tackles and TFL on the first drive. Eds takes over. pic.twitter.com/wb8vHJKNOo
— NE Ohio Big School 🏈 (@OhioNEBigSchool) August 11, 2023
But before the Ohio star edge rusher grew into his size and became what he is today, he was already establishing a passion for the game from the get-go.
Thomas grew up in Texas and learned the game from his father, quickly becoming hooked.
“I just always played football and watched football since I was little I guess,” Thomas said. “I never really watched cartoons, I just watched football games.”
Thomas started playing as soon as he could and became quite the player at the quarterback position. His youth teams consistently won youth titles with him under center. When he got to high school, he focused on exclusively playing on the defensive side of the ball and thrived doing so.
He broke out as a sophomore with 16 tackles for loss and nine sacks helping lead Paetow High School in Katy, Texas, to a 14-1 season. To no surprise, this attracted the attention of every major college football program in the country.
Paetow junior 4-star edge Loghan Thomas with the TFL pic.twitter.com/AeTJFJBEwH
— Brian Perroni (@Perroni247) October 6, 2022
Thomas received 15 Power 5 offers before announcing his commitment to Notre Dame this past May. The Fighting Irish ultimately checked off everything he was looking for in a school.
— Loghan Thomas (@LoghanThomas1) May 24, 2023
“From a football aspect, I like that Coach Freeman is a defensive-minded coach. And they run a defense where I’ll be able to play the edge position,” Thomas said. “When it comes to off the field, the education aspect and the people that I’ll be able to meet and make connections with is unmatched.”
He will already experience playing at a new school this fall as he transfers into St. Edward High School in Lakewood, Ohio, for his senior year. Thomas, who was born in the Buckeye state, will now be a key player for the Eagles as they go for a three-peat this season.
Eyes will be on St. Edward’s new star, but despite any type of pressure, nothing changes as far as how he goes about his business.
“For me, my fun is going to the gym,” Thomas said. “Most of the time I go out, I’m going to the facility to train.”
Thomas has worked hard to gain the type of lengthy individual resume he has up to this point, but the thing that stands out most to him is something that would go under the radar for most young men in his situation: getting baptized.
His Notre Dame commitment, his impressive star rating, and his big sophomore season all fall short of the high regard he holds for his relationship with God.
Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the Lord, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future” pic.twitter.com/lSO5SXmEau
— Loghan Thomas (@LoghanThomas1) April 2, 2023
“Even though I put in a lot of work, I’ve truly been blessed with health, my size and all of the opportunities that have been given to me,” Thomas said. “That is because of the man above.”
Thomas has had a dream of making it to the NFL since he was young, and he has done everything to this point to chase that dream. Now with his Notre Dame career knocking on the door, that desire has never been stronger.