Arizona State added commitment No. 7 to its 2017 recruiting class on Thursday by taking one away from the Oklahoma State commit list.
Ty Thomas, a safety at Cooper High School in Lubbock, Texas, switched his pledge from the Cowboys to the Sun Devils a week and a half after visiting Tempe unofficially.
"It's always been one of my dream schools," Thomas said. "I really kind of rushed into my earlier decision so I wanted to make sure it was the best fit for me before I pulled the trigger.
"My grandparents actually live in Scottsdale so I've always been around that area and always had a liking to Arizona State."
Thomas said he has closely followed former ASU safety Jordan Simone and that's the player coaches at the school told him he resembles. He's expected to play the same position as Simone did, the Bandit (boundary) safety.
"They were just saying how I remind them of him and his aggressive style of play," Thomas said. "I definitely kept up with him all last year and I'm a big fan of him so it's kind of cool how it all played out."
Thomas, 5-foot-11, 192 pounds, is the son of Bart Thomas and nephew of eight time NFL Pro Bowl linebacker Zach Thomas, both of whom played for Texas Tech.
"It's always been something that's kind of pushed me," Thomas said. "We're different positions on the field but I'm kind of built more like my uncle than my dad. I've always had his aggressive playing type. Going to NFL games as a little kid it gives you ambition in my game. I like to be the smartest football player on the field as well so I'm always in the film room studying. I like to have as many advantages as I can."
At the Dallas regional of Nike's The Opening earlier this year, Thomas had the 11th best SPARQ rating among 296 participants and No. 1 among safeties at 113.43. He ran an electronic 4.72 40-yard dash and had a 36.8 inch vertical jump and 43.0 power ball toss, which is elite. Thomas said he squats around 450 pounds and has a 300-plus pound benchpress.
"My dad actually runs gyms here in Lubbock and has a couple around here," he said. "I've kind of always grown up in the weight room. Not to the point where I'm working out like crazy every day but I do take it seriously and having access to gyms is a big deal. As strong and as powerful as I want to be I still have to be explosive and quick."
A mid-year graduation is in Thomas' plans and that would put him in Tempe in January for the spring semester at ASU.
"I'm definitely finished with recruiting," he said. "I think I rushed a little into my (Oklahoma State) decision the last time and I really got time to sit down and talk to my family and this time it's definitely over."
In recent months Thomas built a strong relationship with ASU first-year secondary coach T.J. Rushing. That led to his decision to take the unofficial visit to Tempe for a second time this year -- the first being a few months ago -- even though he was still committed to Oklahoma State.
"I think with the way coach (Todd) Graham runs things, ASU is going to have a Pac-12 championship soon," Thomas told SunDevilSource.com last week. "I love their scheme and my interest is very high in them.
"Everything was pretty awesome, but mostly I'd say learning the scheme and how I fit into the defense. That was big for me. They like me at one of their two high safeties, probably the Bandit. And I love how aggressive they are defensively, especially with their DB's. Fits my playing style."