While the comparisons can start with the fact both players came from Florida, the on-field abilities shown by Thomas are extremely similar. How does Tommy Tuberville and his staff plan on using Thomas when he arrives on campus?
"I'm being recruited as a defensive back," said the 6-foot-1, 173-pound Thomas. "Coach (Eddie) Gran is my main recruiting coach and he came down here and recorded me and said he liked the way I could move out of my breaks and that I had good ball skills. He also liked that I was aggressive and said that was what he was looking for at Cincinnati."
While Thomas was a commitment to Bowling Green, much of him being under the radar comes from the fact he didn't attend summer camps. Nevertheless, it looks like Thomas desired to spend his college career in Ohio.
"I don't know what it is about Ohio," said Thomas. "But I want to get away from Florida and get a chance to experience everywhere else. I've not visited Cincinnati yet but will be talking with coach about coming up for an official visit in September."
As for his future in Cincinnati, Thomas explains why making the switch to the Bearcats was an easy one.
"I want to play against the best of the best," he said. "It helped that some of the coaches at Cincinnati had ties to Florida. Distance from home is not a concern for me and I'm looking to study business and own my own sports business as I want to become a sports agent."
As for his future on the field, Thomas is open to anything the Bearcats want from him.
"I like to do both," said Thomas. "But I love to hit."
Last season Thomas posted 39 receptions for 765 yards and 15 touchdowns while also returning four kicks for scores and posting 19 tackles on defense. This year Thomas has bigger goals.
"I want to get 14 interceptions, 60 tackles and help lead my team to a state championship," Thomas said with conviction.