At Wednesday afternoon’s 2012 Alabama Sports Writers Association Mr. Football Awards Banquet, Oxford’s Racean Thomas and Jamie Major of Piedmont both finished second in their respective groupings, with Thomas’ group being won by Mr. Football Jeremy Johnson of Carver-Montgomery.
“If you lose, you got beat, but when it’s by the guy that wins Mr. Football, that’s pretty good,” Yellow Jackets assistant coach Michael Darden said. “It’s an honor in itself. I think it shows, with him being the only junior in 6A, big time. I think it’ll be a motivating factor for him to come back and get stronger for next year.”
Thomas, who sat at a table with fellow SEC recruits Reuben Foster, Johnson and others, said he had a good time at the banquet, which came a day after Alabama coach Nick Saban visited him at Oxford High.
“He just talked to me about coming up for Junior Day,” Thomas said. “That was really about it.”
Thomas, a finalist for the Class 6A Back of the Year, said he will attend the recruiting event, which is scheduled for Jan. 26, but has not decided which school he wants to play for at the next level.
Also on the recruiting path is the senior Major, who spent last weekend visiting Samford, which he said went well. However, the linebacker is still uncommitted.
“I’m going to try to talk all five of my official visits,” Major said. “You don’t get those chances back.”
Major, who finished behind Torrandine Harris of Midfield for Class 3A Lineman of the Year, is visiting Tennessee State this week and Western Kentucky the next.
At the banquet chatting with the other 3A finalists, he added meeting them was enjoyable.
“We talked a little bit and I’ve seen Kerryon (Johnson) at a few camps, Junior Days and things like that, but getting to meet the guys from Fayette County and Dale County was a good experience all around,” Major said. “It was a great honor just to be here, to be around the great guys. I’m really blessed. I want to thank the coaching staff, I want to thank God for everything. I wouldn’t be here without them.”
Despite Major’s playing days concluded at Piedmont, things are wrapping up on a great career for the Bulldog after earning all-state honors the past three years.
“He’s done a lot of great things for our program,” Piedmont coach Steve Smith said. “He’s been part of a special run over his four-year career at Piedmont. He’s been part of a lot of good things and it’s just like every time we talk about Jamie, he would tell you his greatest accomplishment is winning a state championship. That’s what makes him such a special teammate and special kid.”
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