Cory Thomas was satisfied with his recruitment late this summer as he was set to begin fall camp at McCalla (Ala.) McAdory High School and then he got an in-state surprise.
Auburn threw its name into the hat with the 6-foot-6, 275-pound defensive lineman with an official offer.
"I did a workout with them in June, and they didn't offer me," he recalled. "I got a 20 on the ACT and told them, they said they would get back to me. Next thing you know, I got the official offer in the mail.
"I had no idea they would offer me. I worked for the 'Bama offer and I was still waiting on theirs."
The new offer is a wrinkle, but it hasn't changed the recruiting plan much.
"I would say it hasn't changed anything yet," said Thomas. "I still have to see...I was planning on calling them to see what the deal is."
Others are making moves, but every program is still chasing the Mississippi State Bulldogs.
"Tennessee is climbing their way up there, but Mississippi State is still my leader," he admitted. "'Bama is still in my top seven."
The amount of schools is one of the reasons Thomas elected to pull back from his original commitment date August 2, his 18th birthday.
"I just sat down and talked to my parents, and they thought it was best to take my visits," he recalled. "I'm going to take all five officials. Miami, Florida, Tennessee and Mississippi State for sure. The fifth will be between Florida State, Clemson and Auburn."
The three-star talent, who ran a 4.74-second 40-yard dash at Mississippi State's final summer camp, reports a "65 percent" chance that he ends up in Starkville for college.
Said Thomas, "I bond well with the coaches, I feel like I'm at home when I'm there. That's why I'm going to take my other officials and probably take that one last. I already have a vibe there..."
Scout saw Thomas in action against his teammates during a scrimmage on Friday night, and you can view a sample below.