Thomas Working On His Frequent Flyer Miles

Bernard Thomas is about to become a well-traveled young man in the coming weeks.

Consider it a perk of being one of the midwest region's top defensive prospects for the 2011 recruiting class.

Last weekend, Bernard Thomas – a 6-foot-1, three-star junior defensive back from nearby Blue Springs (MO) High School – packed his bags and headed to Knoxville, for an unofficial visit to the University of Tennessee.

"It was good," he said, of the trip. "It's SEC football, so the practice was intense. I liked the campus and everything. I think it was a good trip."

With only a small number of recruits in attendance, Thomas was able to spend a great deal of one-on-one time with Volunteers defensive backs coach Terry Joseph, and meet with first-year head coach Derek Dooley.

While with Joseph, the local product broke down film and answered the coach's queries.

"Basically I think they just wanted me up there one on one to see where my head was at and if I had any football smarts," Thomas said.

This weekend the campus tour continues, with a pair of planned trips to the Sooner State. Thomas will visit Oklahoma State University Friday, followed by the University of Oklahoma Saturday. On April 24 he will take another visit to the University of Kansas to take in the Jayhawks annual Spring Game, before wrapping things up shortly thereafter at the University of Arkansas.

With so many cities and campuses stamped on his passport, so to speak, does he anticipate it becoming difficult to weigh the positives and negatives of each? To keep everything straight?

Actually, Thomas said, not really. Each school and program brings a little something different to the table.

"Every school has their thing that you like the most about them," he said. "Just going there and seeing how everybody practices, how they're different, how they coach different. It's fun to just look at your choices and pick (where you want to go)."

Thomas currently boasts official offers from Kansas, Arkansas and the University of Tulsa.

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