True sophomore defensive lineman who gained valuable experience as a freshman in 2016... can swing and play both inside and outside... expected to be a regular contributor in 2017.
2016: Freshman defensive lineman who played in all 13 games with two starts... credited with 24 tackles, 4.0 tackles for loss and 2.0 sacks... made three tackles in his collegiate debut, a victory over Vanderbilt... had two tackles and made his first career sack in the East Carolina win... made one solo tackle at Kentucky... made his first career start against Texas A&M and had a strong effort, with five tackles (three solo)... made his second straight start at defensive tackle against Georgia and was in on one tackle... made two tackles, including one stop for loss, added a quarterback hurry and forced a fumble in the UMass win... made two tackles in the Missouri victory, including a crucial sack in the 4th quarter... tallied three tackles at Florida... made two tackles, including one tackle for loss, in the Western Carolina win.
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Miami (Fla.) Central High School at mid-year and enrolled at South Carolina in January 2016... coached by Roland Smith... played multiple positions, including nose guard, defensive tackle, defensive end and linebacker... earned first-team Class 6A all-state honors... recognized as the 8A-6A Defensive Player of the Year as part of the Miami Herald's All-Dade Awards event... racked up 22 sacks among his 83 tackles as a senior... recorded 71 tackles and 18 sacks as a junior... regarded as a three-star prospect, the 23rd-best strongside defensive end in the country and the 49th-best player in Florida, according to Rivals... 247Sports ranks him as a three-star prospect, the 26th-best strongside defensive end in the nation and the 64th-best player in the Sunshine State... ESPN rates him as a four-star prospect, the 26th-best defensive end, the 37th-best player in the state and No. 192 overall on the ESPN 300... rated a PrepStar All-American, a four-star prospect and No. 288 overall.
PERSONAL: Keir Thomas is a sport and entertainment management major.