May 18, 2011

Offers piling up for Thomas

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Despite not even playing a down of his junior season yet, the offers are starting to pile up for class of 2013 Alliance (Ohio) Marlington athlete Dymonte Thomas. The 5-foot-11, 170-pound prospect is up to six offers from the likes of Illinois, Michigan, Michigan State, Tennessee, UCLA, and West Virginia.

This past weekend, Thomas tore up the Cleveland National Underclassmen Combine, bringing home the Overall MVP. Thomas put up a 4.51-second 40-yard dash and an 8-foot, 10-inch broad jump but it was the one-on-one's where he thought he really separated himself.

"I thought I did pretty good on my times," he explained. "Where I really did good though was in the one-on-one's, catching the ball and everything. It was nice, all of the kids were nice and stuff so it was fun."

Early on, it looked like Thomas was a possible Ohio State lean but with the Buckeyes focusing most of their efforts on the 2012 class, Thomas hasn't seen quite as much attention from the in-state school as he maybe would like.

"I mean I wouldn't mind going there but I'm not going to just sit around and wait (to be recruited)," Thomas explained. "I really want to commit somewhere after my junior year. I don't know if I will end up going there or not, it will just depend on which college I like the most."

Part of the reason for any frustration in that regard may come from the fact that Thomas is not a player who wants his recruitment to drag out. In fact, Thomas is hoping to come to a decision early this winter.

"My senior year, I don't want to worry about (recruiting)," he said. "I just want to get it done."

With that in mind, one school has really taken advantage of the situation.

"So far, I like Michigan," he said. "I went to the Michigan State spring game and then after that I went to the Michigan spring game and I really liked Michigan. With Michigan, I like their academics and the way they treat their athletes. I also like the stadium, that's a big stadium."

For now, Thomas is focusing on putting together a big junior season and doesn't plan on camping anywhere over the summer.

"I'm just working on my speed and catching the ball out of the backfield," he said.


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