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With Two Texas Wideouts Already Committed, Colorado Stays After Cartrell Thomas

LANCASTER, Texas -- Colorado has recruited Texas very well in the 2017 cycle and continues to pursue Cartrell Thomas, the No. 20 wideout in the Lone Star State.

Colorado has dipped into Texas for six commitments so far in the 2017 class. Two of those are four-star receivers Laviska Shenault Jr. and Jaylon Jackson.

Another talented receiver from a talent-laden program on the south side of Dallas named Colorado on Sunday night in his top six schools: Cartrell Thomas, a 5-foot-9, 160-pound playmaker who's a team captain on this season's talent-laden Lancaster High School squad.

Scout caught up with Thomas in the wee hours of Monday morning following Lancaster's "Midnight Madness" kickoff practice to learn more about what he's heard from Colorado, which joined Boise State, Texas Tech, Illinois, Utah, and Texas State in Thomas' top six.

"Colorado is one school I’m considering because they have a great 2017 class," Thomas said. "They recruit a lot of players from this area and they attack this area primarily. I love Colorado. It’s a good school and they’re in a good conference."

http://www.scout.com/player/193433-cartrell-thomas/news?year=2016&s=73

Unsurprisingly, Thomas said he's recruited by co-offensive coordinator/receivers coach Darrin Chiaverini, who's been instrumental in the Buffaloes landing half a dozen Texas high school prospects in the 2017 cycle. He's a name that pops up frequently when talking to Lone Star State prospects, especially those in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.

Thomas said he heard Sunday night from Chiaverini.

"He hit me up today when I put out my top six," Thomas said, "and he said he’s gonna keep recruiting me hard and to stay on my grades and stuff like that."

Boise State and Texas Tech are two schools Thomas said he "will definitely visit." That said, he wants to visit all six of his finalists, and he specifically mentioned Colorado as a desired visit destination.

"I’m gonna try to make it up there, too, right around the middle of the season to catch a game," Thomas said.

Colorado already has three receiver commitments for the 2017 class, including the aforementioned four-star duo from Texas, but it sounds as if the Buffs are still interested in Thomas as a target.

It's hard to blame them for that. Some people may question his size, but Thomas has posted impressive numbers in Texas' Class 5A, the second-largest of the state's five 11-man football classifications (6A through 2A). Thomas caught a team-high 54 passes for a team-leading 943 yards in 2015, when he finished second on his team in touchdown grabs (11) to only Omar Manning, the No. 1 receiver in the state of Texas for 2017.

Thomas is as competitive a receiver as you can find. He moves around the formation and is effective at all levels of the route tree. He even wins red-zone balls over defenders, despite being only 5-foot-9.

Stick with Scout as we continue to monitor any developments in Thomas' recruitment.

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Below is Scout's evaluation of Thomas:

Cartrell Thomas is an FBS-caliber receiver prospect who's at home in the slot but can also move around the formation and line up just about anywhere at the high school level. Impressive leaper who high-points the ball to win red-zone matchups. Jumping ability helps to compensate for lack of height/size.

A competitor, unafraid to test the middle of the field. He can improve his top-end speed, but that said, Thomas plays faster than he tests at camps/combines and does not show any lack of speed playing against very good competition in Texas' Class 5A in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.

Stretches the field vertically, especially when lined up outside. Gains a lot of yardage after the catch. Potential to wind up as a Power Five conference signee. -- Gabe Brooks

Below are junior-season highlights of Thomas:

Below are 7-on-7 clips of Thomas from earlier this summer:

Below are clips of Thomas from March at The Opening Dallas:


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