Thomas Talks Recruiting, Cal Junior Day

Los Angeles (Calif.) Crenshaw athlete DeAnthony Thomas is's #1-ranked prospect, and he showed it last weekend at the Badger/New Level Athletics 7on7 Passing Tournament in Las Vegas. Check inside for the latest in his recruitment, including his comments on Cal Junior Day...

DeAnthony Thomas (5-10, 175), is the top-ranked player in the country by, and the five-star could play a host of positions at the next level.

Thomas, known as the "Black Mamba", has made a name for himself as a running back for the Cougars, but could play receiver, safety, cornerback or even linebacker in college.

For Thomas, it doesn't matter where he plays, he just wants to get on the field.

"I want to play early, so whatever school wants me at a position I could play as soon as possible, that's what I'll play," said Thomas. "I'll play any position that can get me on the field early."

As the top-ranked prospect in the country, Thomas is in high demand, and while he says he's not made a list of schools he's favoring, there are a few schools standing out.

"Right now, I'm still really wide open," said Thomas. "Last week, I went to Cal with Max Wittek and Victor Blackwell and it's a pretty good school. Me and Max and Victor, we all want to play with each other, so we have a good combination and had a good time up there.

"Before I went up to Cal, I went to USC and those are the only schools I've been to this spring. I've been up to UCLA a couple of times too and went to some games at UCLA last year. But I want to see some more schools and take some more unofficial visits and some Junior Days."

Thomas is hearing from several schools nationally, including three schools that have played for the BCS National Title the past two years.

"I like Texas, Oklahoma and Florida," said Thomas. "Florida, that's one of my big schools and I've talked with Florida a lot. And I'm maybe taking an unofficial visit to Georgia here soon. But there are a lot of other schools I'm hearing from."

Thomas said he likely won't decide until January.

"If I play in the Army All-American Game, then I'll announce then," said Thomas.

Thomas said he's trying to remain humbled throughout the whole recruiting process, and with the honor of being the top player in the country attached, he's treating it like anything else.

"There's not really any more pressure on me and it hasn't gotten to me," said Thomas. "I'm still doing my thing, practicing real hard. I'm not going to let it get to me."

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