Making several trips to the Plains to get a feel for Gus Malzahn and his coaching staff since they arrived last December, Thomas notes that Malzahn, offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee, running backs coach Tim Horton, wide receiver coach Dameyune Craig and others were a big reason why he decided to put an end to his recruiting early.
"Really it was about just trusting that coaching staff," Thomas says. "I think they will help me out in my future and help me do great things in life."
A dynamic playmaker for the Yellow Jackets, capable of running over, around and through defenders, the 5-11 and nearly 210 pound Thomas would be a good fit in any offense at the next level. Because of his athleticism and ability to make plays in the open field, he said the Auburn offense is one that likes because it is familiar to him.
"I watched film on what they do, I have watched highlights on what they do," Thomas points out. "I have just picked stuff up and really it's stuff we do on our team."
Roc Thomas is a physical runner with excellent speed
Saying that he wasn't concerned about making his commitment early, Thomas notes it was all about finding the right fit at the right time for him. That happened while on a visit to Auburn when he had the chance to hang out with several of the Tigers' commitments while spending some quality time with the coaching staff.
Building a strong relationship with Auburn commitments such as Tre Williams, DeShaun Davis, Justin Thornton and others, the speedy running back notes that proved to play a big role in his decision because he just felt comfortable with everyone.
"It's great just to have that experience," Thomas says. "With those guys you really don't get to meet a lot of them in everyday life. It's a great opportunity."
Preparing to start this senior season at Oxford, Thomas should get plenty of opportunities to carry the football for the Yellow Jackets. Getting off to a good start with 104 yards on just nine carries in a jamboree win over Oak Mountain High School on Friday night, Thomas has a great chance to improve on last year's numbers when he ran for 1,768 yards and scored 24 touchdowns.
The highest-rated running back commitment for Auburn since 2010, Thomas says he's excited about the future. Asked if he has anything he wants to say to Auburn fans the running's answer is a short one: "War Eagle."