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Coffeyville Community College wideout Devin Thomas - one of the University of Arkansas' key recruiting targets - catches a pair of 74-yard touchdown passes in his team's 40-26 playoff win over Garden City in the Jayhawk Conference semifinals on Sunday afternoon

Devin "Showtime" Thomas hauled in 5 passes for 167 yards - including a pair of 74-yard touchdown catches - to lead No. 14 Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College to a 40-26 win over homestanding No. 7 Garden City (Kan.) CC Sunday afternoon in the Jayhawk Conference playoff semifinals.

Thomas, a mid-term grad averaging 20.4 yards per catch this season, also scored on a two-point conversion run and helped the third-seeded Ravens avenge a regular season loss to the Broncbusters and lift themselves into the title game.

Coffeyville (8-2) will host fourth-seeded Dodge City (7-3) in the final next Sunday at 1:30 p.m. after the Broncbusters shocked No. 1 Butler County (Kan.) Community College 23-17 on Sunday.

"We've never doubted our ability, just had a couple of setbacks," Thomas said. "But we made a commitment to finishing the season strong."

Thomas - who will have to reschedule his planned official visit to Arkansas for this upcoming weekend because of the game - caught a 74-yard touchdown in the opening quarter and another early in the second quarter.

He caught both from back-up quarterback Trent Stepps, filling in for injured former Fayetteville star and former UA signee Woody Wilson (broken collarbone).

"We had a lot of people who jumped off the bandwagon when Woody got hurt and we lost to Garden City," Thomas said. "All that did was put a big chip on our shoulder."

Thomas, a former Michigan prep star who has seven offers, has now caught 34 passes for 696 yards and 5 touchdowns this season and is also averaging 22 yards per punt return.

He will visit Kansas State on Nov. 18-20 and then also visit Arkansas and Michigan State before making a decision in early December on where he will play his college football.

"The other two are up in the air right now as far as dates, but I am definitely going to visit Arkansas and Michigan State," Thomas said. "Oklahoma State and Nebraska and Texas A&M are asking me to visit as well, but i just don't think there is going to be time to do that and the three that I mentioned are my main ones anyway."

Arkansas remains a legitimate option for Thomas, who asked about how Springdale quarterback and UA commit Mitch Mustain and his team were doing.

"With the number one quarterback in the country coming in, I am really thinking hard about what it would be like to play at Arkansas with the best," Thomas said. "I came over there and visited during the summer and now I can't wait to get back and check everything out and just see if it is the right place for me."


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