Thomas Commits to Arkansas

The recruiting momentum continues for the University of Arkansas with former LSU player and current Navarro Junior College offensive lineman Zhamal Thomas (6-5, 335) - a mid-term graduate - commits to the Razorbacks.

The University of Arkansas added to an already impressive offensive line haul Sunday morning when Navarro (Texas) Junior college standout Zhamal Thomas pledged to sign with the Razorbacks.

Thomas (6-5, 335), who is a mid-term graduate and thus can go through spring practice, became the UA's 23rd commit of the 2009 class during the last part of his visit to Fayetteville.

"I had a great visit," Thomas said. "I really enjoyed being around the coaches and the players and really got along well with them. I just feel like this is the place for me."

Thomas had previously planned to also take visits to unbeaten Utah and Auburn, but will not do so now.

"I had planned to take those visits to Utan and Auburn and the LSU coaches had called recently," Thomas said. "But I am not going to do that now. I will be at Arkansas in January and looking forward to going through spring practice. I am looking forward to playing in the SEC."

Thomas, who will have two years of eligibility, could play either guard or tackle for Arkansas.

"The Arkansas coaches said they really like my feet and that I could play either at tackle or strong guard," Thomas said. "I'll just come in and see where they need me the most."

Thomas, a native of New Iberia, La., originally signed with LSU out of high school, redshirted there his freshmen season and then left during his redshirt freshmen season.

He ended up at Navarro and was part of a squad that went 10-1 this season.

Navarro finished the regular season 10-0 with a 24-21 win over Blinn that left them ranked No. 1 in the country, but then lost a rematch 49-24 in the Southwest Conference Championship game.

That line included four Division I prospects in Thomas, Roy Watts, Oklahoma State commit Anthony Morgan and Elliott Howell.

"We all really played well this year and enjoyed being together as a group," Thomas said. "It's also exciting now that we are all moving on to new places and going to hopefully do some great things for our new teams."

Arkansas now has offensive line commits in the 2009 class from Fayetteville High's Colby Berna (6-4, 275), Broken Arrow (OK) High's Alvin Bailey (6-5, 300), Hargrave Military Academy's Anthony Oden (6-8, 295) and Kingwood (Texas) High's Travis Swanson (6-5, 285).

That will be quite a group for UA offensive line coach Mike Summers to coach.

"He's a real nice guy, a great coach and someone that seems to get along really good with the players," Thomas said. "He came down to visit and my parents really liked him."

They could also add Butte (CA) College offensive lineman Danny Watkins, another mid-term transfer who visited Arkansas Thursday and Friday and then went to Baylor.

Swanson and Florida wideout Lance Ray, who could announce his commitment later today, were also on official visits this weekend.

City College of San Francisco defensive tackle Edwin Herbert (6-4, 295) is slated to begin his official visit to Arkansas on Saturday night.





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