Signing as a Sooner: Early signee No. 4

NORMAN, Okla. — OU's lone East Coast early signature comes from a talented three-star cornerback.

Signing Time: N/A (early signee) Ranking: Three-star

Signee: Ahmad Thomas (S—6'1"/199)—This South Florida product has improved as much as any in the past year. Thomas, from Miami Central HS, has polished his technique and, in so doing, prompted FOX Sports NEXT to consider giving him a fourth star at one point, although that did not turn out to be the case. Still, he's got solid run stopping skills with great speed to the ball and striking ability and is decent on pass coverage, though that is an area with need for improvement.

What he's coming into at the position: It's really going to be a fight at the safety position for a starting spot and newcomers are expected to be in that mix. Many label Thomas' fellow newcomer, Hatari Byrd, as a potential starter, but that doesn't mean he can't fight as well. Quentin Hayes, Julian Wilson, Zack Sanchez and Gabe Lynn are other names to keep an eye on here.

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