Thomas Moving Around

After anchoring the defense for Chino Hills High School last season, Steven Thomas is seeing most of his time on the offensive side of the ball so far this year. The versatile southern California athlete is now playing his fifth different position. The only positions the BYU commit has not played are offensive line, defensive line, and cornerback.

"They've moved me around a lot," said Steven Thomas. "I've played safety, linebacker, quarterback, running back and now mostly receiver so far this year."

So is the 5-foot-11, 180-pound prospect still having trouble finding his place where he can contribute to the team? Is he the type of player who wallows around while never finding a position where he can truly contribute? Not at all.

Last season, Thomas led his team in tackles, playing mostly from the safety position. He also stepped in to play quarterback on offense when the starter went down with injury. This season, due to injuries of his own, Thomas has seen most of his time at receiver.

"I separated my shoulder the first game of the season," Thomas explained. "So I'm not as able to hit guys, so I've been playing receiver. So far I have 11 catches for 198 yards in the two games I've played receiver, which leads my team. I'm also returning kicks and returned one for 95 yards and a touchdown earlier this year."

Thomas seems to be the focus of his team no matter where he plays. He is the type of athlete that can come in and contribute anywhere right off the bat like he has been playing every position for his entire life.

"I feel I'm a good athlete and I'm versatile," said Thomas. "I feel that defense is my strength and where I play best, but I'm willing to help out wherever they need me."

Thomas' Chino Hills team is 4-1 as they enter league play. Chino's only loss came at the hands of Mission Viejo high, which was recently ranked as the #1 high school in the country by some publications. With the start of league play, Thomas will move back to the position at which he thrives.

"My shoulder is healing," said Thomas. "It still hurts some, but we're going into league play so it's time to play. Safety is my best position and where I've played most of my life, so that's where I'm going to play."

Finishing the year strong is chief among Thomas' goals, but he is also looking forward to signing a letter of intent to play for BYU. Thomas received moderate interest from other schools, but he is dead set on his future in Provo.

"I get some letters from other schools still," said Thomas. "I couldn't really tell you who because I'm not real interested in any other school besides BYU. I am in touch with coaches there at least once a week."

Thomas was recruited by BYU to play safety. Although people told him about BYU's traditionally weak secondary, Thomas sees no substance to those reports so far this year.

"I saw the TCU game and I thought their secondary looked great," said Thomas. "They didn't let them get anything downfield. During my visit to BYU, I met Coach Hill and I knew that he was a good coach, so I've never understood all the talk about how BYU's secondary isn't very good. They look very good to me."

Thomas plans to visit to BYU the weekend they play Utah. In the meantime he will do his best to take his team to the state playoffs where they hope to make a run at the state championship.


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