The offers have continued to roll in for speedy Fort Smith Northside senior defensive back Kiondre Thomas and he could be on the verge of getting one that he has spent a lot of time dreaming about growing up.
That would be from Arkansas, where Thomas (6-1, 172, 4.37) camped last Saturday along with Grizzlies linebacker Deontre Hardwick (6-2, 240) and apparently impressed the Razorback coaches.
“After the camp was over with the coaches told me they really liked how I did in the testing and the 1-on-1 and 7-on-7 drills,” Thomas said.
“They told me that they were going to check out my transcript and if was all good I would get an offer.
“That would be great because it is the team I have grown up loving and wanted to play for all this time.”
Thomas, currently committed to Louisiana Tech, has recently added offers from Mississippi State and Minnesota to go along with ones from Arkansas State, Tulsa, Missouri State, Eastern Illinois and Jacksonville State.
He’s also getting interest from Oklahoma State, TCU in addition to Arkansas.
He got a chance to work with Arkansas secondary coach Clay Jennings and Razorback defensive coordinator Robb Smith and then visit with them afterward.
“After the camp was over, I got to go into Coach Jennings and we talked about coverages and just how he likes his guys to play.
“I then went in and talked with Coach Smith about more coverages and we just talked about defense and playing hard and things like that.”
That led to a meeting with Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema.
“Coach Bielema told me the final thing was that they just needed to check out my transcript and if everything was good there, then I had done enough to impress them to get an offer,” Thomas said.
Thomas faxed his transcript off to Arkansas on Tuesday and said that the Razorback coaches have told him they plan to be back in contact him after the dead period ends on July 6.
He had 63 tackles last season and seven interceptions, including three in the season-opening win over Pine Bluff.
Thomas also rushed for 107 yards and three touchdowns, caught 9 passes for 244 yards and three more scores and also averaged 42.9 yards per kickoff return.
“I think my strengths are my speed and my length and the way I use it,” Thomas said. “I am continuing to work on my press coverage and just getting stronger.”
Current Razorback freshman defensive end Daytrieon Dean joined with Thomas and Hardwick last season to help transform the Northside program.
The Grizzlies went from 3-6-1 in 2013 to 9-3 in 2014 season, which ended with a second-round state playoff loss to North Little Rock.
Thomas expects even better things this season, which will begin Aug. 24 when Northside hosts Alma.
Northside will compete in the Class 7A-West Conference for the second straight year before moving back to the 7A-Central in 2016.
“This season, nothing less than a state championship is our goal,” Thomas said. “I really think that we have the team to do it.”