Florida CB May Soon Follow Teammate

Ames may end up being the perfect place for a small-town kid from Florida, and the fact that one of his teammates recently committed to Iowa State can't hurt either.

Such is the case with North Marion standout and Reddick native Jermaine Thomas, a 6-foot-2, 205-pound cornerback who loves the surroundings in his hometown of 571 people. Thomas is also good friends with standout tailback Mike West, who committed to the Cyclones last week.

"I like the area because it's not very populated," said Thomas, who will take an official visit to ISU this weekend alongside West. "It's kind of like Gainesville. That's why I like it. It's not very big and is more like country that I'm used to living in right now. I haven't really seen the facilities or gotten to meet the players and coaches, but I'll get to see that this weekend.

"I think Mike made a good decision and I may be making the same one soon. I'm very high on Iowa State, too. We would both be at the same school and I'd have somebody to talk to."

In addition to the one he received last month from the Cyclones, Thomas has scholarship offers from Louisville, Southern Mississippi, Central Florida, South Florida and Troy State. Florida and Florida State are also in the hunt, and he could take unofficial visits to both campuses in the near future.

Thomas, who recorded 25 tackles and four interceptions as a senior, appears to have all five official visits scheduled, with his trip to ISU leading off.

"I'm coming to Iowa State this weekend," he said. "Then I'm going to Louisville next weekend. The first weekend in January I'm going to UCF and the second weekend in January I'm going to Southern Miss. I'll probably take a visit to Florida in the third weekend and then go to USF the last weekend."

"Most of my schools are not in big city areas. I kind of like small areas. I'm not really looking to go to school in a big city."

In the running for West, Cyclone secondary coach Chris Ash started recruiting Thomas a little over one month ago. Thomas already knew about the program after watching the Eddie Robinson Classic in August.

"I thought it was a good game that they probably should have won, but they got robbed at the end," Thomas said. "I thought Iowa State looked better than Florida State. I didn't really know too much about Iowa State before then, but that really opened my eyes."

Although he also rushed for 655 yards on 70 carries and scored eight total touchdowns as West's backup at tailback, Thomas' clear position at the next level is cornerback. D-I programs love his size and speed. Thomas ran a 4.39 40 time in North Marion's preseason training camp.

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