Monta Thomas did a little bit of everything for Hermitage last season.
The class of 2017 athlete played quarterback, running back, wide receiver, linebacker, safety and cornerback as a junior. What he’ll remember most, though, were the relationship he formed with his teammates.
Of course, playing for a Class 2A school meant he didn’t have too many teammates.
“I had a lot of memories with the seniors,” Thomas said. “This summer, when we started out, we didn’t have that many people, but we got a lot of people to play during the school year. It was a fun season, just like always.”
It didn’t hurt that he piled up nearly 2,000 total yards of offense.
Thomas rushed for 1,049 yards and 17 touchdowns on 129 carries, caught 28 passes for 448 yards and eight touchdowns, and completed 17 of 43 passes for 418 yards and three touchdowns.
While he also played defense, Thomas said he prefers playing offense. He thinks he’ll play either running back or wide receiver in college, but could also play corner or safety.
“On the offensive side, I have a lot of vision and I can cut and change direction fast, making people miss,” Thomas said. “I have decent speed, football speed.”
That speed is one of many things Thomas hopes to improve during the offseason heading into his senior year. In track, he has run the 100 meters in 10.9 seconds.
“I want to get faster and work on my footwork a lot,” Thomas said. “I want to work on my hands, too. I’m playing quarterback this year, so I want to work on reading defenses better.”
No schools have offered him yet, but several have expressed interest.
Arkansas tight ends coach Barry Lunney Jr. came to Hermitage to watch Thomas play basketball on Jan. 19. He scored 28 points with the coach in the stands.
“Arkansas is the closest one to offering,” Thomas said. “Memphis has been down a couple of times and Arkansas State.”
Thomas said he will go to camps at Texas, Georgia and possibly Florida State this spring and summer, but the camp at Arkansas is the one he’s most looking forward to because he grew up a fan of the Razorbacks.
“I like (Fayetteville),” Thomas said. “It’s crazy. Once everything gets going, it’s good. Everybody up there is all about the Hogs.”