Tennessee DL announces confident decision regarding future on team
Tennessee junior defensive lineman Omari Thomas told reporters Tuesday morning that he would “definitely” be coming back to school next year for the Vols.
Thomas told 247Sports’ Wes Rucker that he is not leaving Knoxville without a degree in hand. The 6-foot-4, 320 pound defensive lineman is a Journalism/Electronic Media major on Rocky Top.
Rucker also reported that star pass rusher Tyler Baron has not decided on his future plans as of Tuesday morning.
Couple quick #Vols notes from this morning here in Miami.
– Junior edge Tyler Baron said he hasn’t decided whether he’ll come back for 2023 or declare for the draft.
– Junior DL Omari Thomas said he’s “definitely” coming back. Said he’s not leaving Knoxville without a degree.
— Wes Rucker (@wesrucker247) December 27, 2022
This news is big for Tennessee football, figuratively and literally. Thomas was a strong defender in the middle of Tennessee’s defense and will only get better with another season under his belt, providing a veteran presence for a Vols defense that struggled on that side of the ball this past season.
Thomas totaled 24 tackles, 2 sacks, a forced fumble and recovery with 4 batted passes this season. He’s set to join the Vols on the field in the Orange Bowl against Clemson on Dec. 30 in Miami.