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
"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
"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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