From the moment Iowa State coaches watched Mustang (Okla.) defensive tackle Deontre Thomas on film, they knew their stance on the 2017 prospect.
Not long after taking a look, coaches reached out to Thomas last week.
“They contacted me and they said I was the best they’ve seen and they want me,” Thomas said. “The defensive line coach Eli Rasheed [reached out]. He talked to me on Twitter first and then I gave him a call.”
What exactly does Iowa State like about the 6-foot-3, 275-pound prospect?
“He liked my speed, my physical-ness and how I use my hands and how powerful [I am],” Thomas said of Rasheed. “He talked to the [head] coach [Matt Campbell] and the coach likes everything about me.”
Iowa State has had luck identifying and landing explosive and quick defensive tackles in each of the last two classes, first with JUCO Demond Tucker in 2015 and then with high school prospect Jamahl Johnson in 2016. Now, the Cyclones hope Thomas might extend that streak to three-straight classes.
Thomas is not only explosive off the ball, but presents eye-popping speed given his nearly 300-pound size. The Oklahoma prospect has been clocked with a 4.80 40-yard dash and shows that quickness on film.
Getting his first offer, from a Big 12 program no less, is a big first step in Thomas’ recruitment, and he hopes to potentially visit Ames this spring.
“Oh man, it’s great,” Thomas said. "I’ve been praying and praying and it’s great.”
Thomas has since added an offer from Texas-San Antonio and additional interest has come in from Kansas State, Colorado, Missouri and Baylor during the early stage of his recruitment. Being from Big 12 territory, Thomas is especially intrigued by playing in the conference he’s grown up watching.
“For me, I want to travel the world,” Thomas said. “The Big 12 is where it’s at. The big boys, the coaches, the players, the students, everything, it’s all in the Big 12. That’s what I’m about and that’s where I want to go.”