As the recruiting analyst in the state of Missouri the past couple years, I pinned Dillon Thomas as a top prospect in the state for his class when I saw him the summer before his sophomore year. He's still a relative unknown for the most part, and being slept on, but he's someone with a ton of potential.
The Kansas City area cornerback has a ton of length and size to be a lockdown type for the position at the 'Power 5' level. He neeeds to bulk up in the weight room but that is the only noticeable area for improvement from a physical standpoint.
Thomas is 6-foot-2 and 175-180 pounds with great athleticism and quickness. If he continues to develop at the rate he has so far, he could be quite the gem for someone.
One program that is showing their smarts on the recruiting trail by showing a lot of interst in his abilities is from the Big Ten in Iowa. The Hawkeyes have targeted him early on and hosted him for a visit over the weekend as they hosted the Gophers in a conference rivalry game. The experience more than lived up to the expectations for Thomas, a junior from Park Hill South High School in Kansas City.
"Iowa was a nice visit," he said. "I was really impressed. I never thought much of Iowa before then but it was wasily one of, if not the best environment I've ever been in. They might have the nicest fans and atmosphere in the Big Ten. The facilities were awesome, too."
Though he was receiving interest from the Hawkeyes, it was pretty minor up until Saturday.
"I was receiving a lot of mail from them and stuff like that but nothing serious until the game visit on Saturday," Thomas shared about Iowa's recruitment of him. "I spoke with Coach Bell and another coach while I was there. He just said that he liked me and my film and remembered it. He said my film really stuck out to them as a staff. They discussed how Coach Woods would be taking over the Kansas City area now to recruit and that he's always had a good eye for talent and things like that."
"I was surprised by how much the coaches knew me from my Hudl film and how well they actually did their homework on a recruit," he added.
No offers have come Thomas' way so far but he's quite the talent and I'd expect that to change this offseason. The Hawkeyes could be the team to break the ice.