Red-Hot Ravens

With wideout Devin "Showtime" Thomas (6-2, 205, 4.4) and linebacker Jayden Everett (6-0, 205) - two players Arkansas is recruiting - heading up their respective units, Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College is off to a 6-0 start and ranked No. 2 nationally.

Before Saturday night, Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College wideout Devin Thomas had been begging head coach Jeff Leiker for a chance to return punts for the Red Ravens, ranked No. 2 nationally.

One could certainly see why.

Thomas (6-2, 205, 4.4), one of the University of Arkansas' prime recruiting targets, had dazzling punt returns of 50 and 41 in addition to catching 3 passes for 29 yards in his team's 49-0 rout of visiting Fort Scott (Kan.) CC on Saturday night.

"I've been poking at my coach to out me back there," Thomas said. "He finally gave me the chance. He threw me in and I got some big returns. I would have like to have gotten in. It was good being back there."

Thomas, who earned the nickname "Showtime" back in his Michigan prep days, has been flooded with new offers lately as Coffeyville (6-0) has not been tested this season while outscoring its foes by a whopping 303-37.

That's an average of 50 points per game.

"In addition to the one I had with Arkansas and Michigan State, I now have ones from Baylor, Tulsa, Kansas State, Kansas and Iowa State," Thomas said. "There's more but those are the main ones."

Thomas, who has caught 21 passes this season for 326 yards and three touchdowns, says the Coffeyville offense is clicking with former Fayetteville star and UA signee Woody Wilson pulling the trigger.

"I feel like we have been working well as a team," Thomas said. "We practice hard and things just start to gel on gameday. You can see the production coming from what we do in practice."

Arkansas assistant James Shibest was in Coffeyville on Thursday to see Thomas and Red Ravens hard-hitting linebacker Jayden Everett (6-0, 205).

"It's always good to see Coach Shibest and to know they are still interested in me," Thomas said. "I am so very positive about their situation and honor with how early they put a scholarship on the table for me."

Obviously one of the bigger things Arkansas has going for it right now is the commitment of Springdale quarterback Mitch Mustain, the nation's top prep quarterback according to Scout.com.

"I have heard great things about him," Thomas said. "It is definitely a plus for them when it comes to me."

Thomas, who will be a December graduate, will kick his recruiting process up a notch after the Coffeyville season.

The Red Ravens will have a showdown with No. 1 Butler County on Oct. 15 with a possible three rounds of playoffs and a bowl appearance to follow.

"My situation is still just up in the air," Thomas said. "I will make a decision before the end of the year. Arkansas is no doubt in the mix and at the very top of my list. I can't wait to get over there for another visit."

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Everett - who also graduates in December - had 32 tackles and an interception last season while playing alongside current Nebraska second-team linebacker Dontrelle Moore, but has taken it up a notch this season.

The former Newton (Kan.) High star is the team's leading playmaker this season with over 50 tackles, 10 for lost yardage, a sack and three forced fumbles.

"Playing with Dontrelle probably made me a better player," Everett said. "I learned from him and watched the way he carried himself on and off the field. When I came in I was kind of timid. But I got to just running and tackling and being physical."'

Arkansas has just gotten involved with Everett, but has jumped to the top of his list.

"I have a lot of interest in Arkansas," Everett said. "I am very interested, very interested."

He is also being recruited by Baylor, Ball State,Eastern Illinois and SMU.

"My junior year I was getting heavily recruited by Missouri," Everett said. "I didn't qualify with my ACT and my grade point average wasn't up to par. So I had to settle for junior college, but it has been a blessing. I am a much better player and can't wait to get to the next level."

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Wilson will not be signing again with Arkansas because they are stocked up at quarterback with those already on campus and Mustain schedule to arrive.

Wilson, who has passed for nearly 1,000 yards this season and also ran for nearly 200, is hearing from Kansas, Kansas State and Nebraska among others.

"I've talked with them and we're going different ways," Wilson said. "The word is just getting out though. A lot of people just thought I would end back up at Arkansas."


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