It's no secret that the University of Arkansas is looking for some big defensive linemen to fill out its 2009 recruiting class.
One guy who certainly fits that mold is Muskogee (OK) High noseguard Robert Thomas (6-2, 311), who was in Fayetteville Saturday for an unofficial to watch the Arkansas-Alabama game.
Thomas is committed to Kansas State, but has since been offered by Arkansas and is giving the Razorbacks a long look especially since Fayetteville is just two hours from his home and the K-State campus is over 5 hours away.
"Arkansas has a great coaching staff that is really down to earth," Thomas said. "All the fans are pretty amazing and all of their facilities are amazing. They are really nice."
Thomas could certainly be a run-stopper in the SEC, but also gets pressure on the QB because of his speed for a big man.
"I think my strengths are my size and how I have great feet," Thomas said. "I am pretty fast for someone my size so hopefully I can make that transition to college and keep making the same plays I am making in high school."
Thomas, who was arguably the best defensive tackle at Arkansas' camp this summer, is versatile enough that he even lines up at fullback some for Muskogee.
"I ran the ball a little last game," Thomas said. "It's fun, but I know I am a defensive guy on the next level."
Thomas' team is 1-2 this season after falling 24-7 to visiting Union last Friday night.
"We came out and played hard, but we started off too slow and got down too far," Thomas said.
Thomas who wants to major in engineering, will assess his situation and not rush into anything.
"Arkansas is still in the picture," Thomas said. "We'll see at the end."
Thomas Checks Out Arkansas
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