With two running backs possibly headed to the NFL next season, the University of Arkansas was looking for a pair of big-time ones to replace them.
San Antonio Madison's Devin Thomas (5-11, 180, 4.4), regarded as one of the nation's top 50 running backs by Scout.com, announced Tuesday that he had chosen the Razorbacks over Texas A&M.
In doing so, that means Arkansas adds Thomas to Camden Fairview's De'Anthony Curtis (5-11, 211, 4.41) - regarded as one of the nation's top two all-purpose backs by one publication - as part of 19 commitments the Razorbacks have landed.
"I just let the coaches know," Thomas said. "I loved everything about my visit to Arkansas (on July 21). The coaches really made me feel welcomed, they have great facilities and I think my style really will mesh well with what they do because I can line up in the I or the shotgun and make things happen."
Thomas - who plans to major in sports management - also considered Missouri, Kansas, Stanford, Northwestern and South Florida.
He averaged 207 yards per game last season and rushed for just under 2,000 yards while playing in nine games.
"I have a 3.6 grade point average and my education is very important to me," Thomas said. "That is why I took a long look at Stanford and Northwestern. In the end I think Arkansas was the best fit for me on the field and in the classroom."
Thomas got to meet Arkansas' Darren McFadden while in Fayetteville and knows that he and Felix Jones might be headed to the NFL next season.
"I thought about that, but I also think that if they did come back it would be great to learn from them," Thomas said. "I just think it's going to be a great fit at Arkansas for me."
The commitment gives Arkansas' 10 commitments in the last 11 days and 19 overall.
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