Profile 2003: Mitchell Thomas

Heading into his senior season, Smiths Station's Mitchell Thomas (6-2, 215, 4.49) is one of several players vying for the unofficial title of "Top Linebacker in the State of Alabama."

Thomas is a natural linebacker who doesn't require much coaching. He is very instinctive, aggressive, and intense from his linebacker position. Plus the Smiths' native isn't shy about stepping up in the hole and making that crucial stop in short yardage situations.

Thomas actually only played roughly half his junior season at linebacker/defensive end, and yet he managed 65 tackles. Despite his limited action on defense, he made the All Area Team at linebacker.

A combination of speed and power, Thomas is also a dynamite runningback on offense. For much of the season he was to be the focus of opposing defenses considering he was running behind a line that only had one player returning. Thomas is a north/south style runner who tallied 930 yards and 10 TDs as a junior behind the inexperienced line.

Thomas also competes in track for his school, doing so on pure athleticism alone. He runs the 55 meters in 6.95 seconds and placed 8th in the state---even though he doesn't really have proper facilities to practice.

Sporting a 33-inch vertical jump, Thomas plans to camp at Alabama. He benches 295 pounds, squats 420, and power cleans 255. A good student, he has a 3.1 Core GPA and has made 19 on the ACT.

At this point Thomas is expressing interest in Alabama (offered), Tennessee, South Carolina, Georgia, LSU, Miami, Nebraska, and Florida.

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