Arkansas not only got a commitment from an outside linebacker on Wednesday morning, but a future forensic scientist.
That's the course of study that Tallahassee Godby standout Jakarri Thomas (6-1, 188, 4.5) wants to pursue and will while playing football for the Razorbacks.
"They have a great football program and a school that has a great criminal investigations program that will also allow me to pursue my dream of being a forensic scientist," Thomas said. "It just seems like the perfect mix for me."
Thomas – who becomes the Razorbacks' 8th commit of the 2012 class - chose Arkansas over Stanford, Vanderbilt, UMass, Ole Miss, Maryland, Memphis, Southern Miss and Florida Atlantic, all who had extended offers.
"I really got it down to Arkansas, Stanford, Vandy, UMass and Maryland," Thomas said. "They are all great schools and had what I wanted to study, but Arkansas was just the best of those."
Arkansas defensive coordinator Willy Robinson was the lead recruiter on Thomas, who had 111 tackles last season with nine sacks included in that total.
"He has coached in the NFL and really is a down to earth guy who I really get along with," Thomas said. "He will get the most out of me and help me get to where I want to go - the NFL."
Thomas is one of four Godby players who have committed to Division I schools with Laith Harlow (Oklahoma), Dennis Andrews (Georgia Tech) and Brandon Holifield (Miami) all making previous pledges.
Thomas, who sports a 3.8 grade point average, became a starter during the second game of his freshman season.
"I think my strengths are my speed, my nose for the football, my pass rushing and my ability to tackle," Thomas said. "I believe that I have real good anticipation. I need to continue to work on my tackling because they guys are going to just get bigger and better in college."
He has played a variety of positions for Godby, including nose guard at the end of the last season.
"He was instrumental in helping us turn our season around," Godby defensive coordinator Brian Williams told the Tallahassee Democrat. "It wasn't that he didn't do a good job at linebacker, but we needed him at noseguard and he was Superman to the rescue."
Godby head coach Ronnie Cottrell praised Thomas as a student as well.
"He's an outstanding student and the product of an outstanding family," Cottrell told the Tallahassee Democrat. "We have great teachers at our school and our teachers love Jakarri Thomas. He's a favorite of everybody here."
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