For proof, all one had to do was take a glimpse into the stands at Memorial Stadium on Saturday afternoon, as some of the area's brightest prospects came to watch Head Coach Turner Gill and the Kansas Jayhawks close out the spring in style.
Bernard Thomas was one such prospect. A junior from nearby Blue Springs
(MO) High School, he has long been on the radar of programs like
Kansas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Tennessee and Tulsa.
Standing 6-feet tall and weighing 180 pounds, Thomas possesses the
ideal combination of size, elite athleticism and football acumen for a
Division One cornerback.
Though he has visited campus before, Saturday gave Thomas the
opportunity to bring his mom with him to Lawrence for the first time
First and foremost on the agenda? A personal meeting with Gill –
something to which the Scout.com three-star prospect has been looking
forward for quite a while.
In addition to discussing Thomas' role on the team, should he commit to
Kansas, the trio spent some time talking about life outside of football.
"It was good," he said. "My mom really liked him. She liked the
no-cussing policy they've got, so she was on board."
During the visit, Thomas had the chance to speak with a handful of his
fellow recruits, including Gardner-Edgerton (KS) High School
quarterback Bubba Starling – a Scout.com Top 150 prospect – and mammoth
Bishop Miege (KS) High School offensive tackle Phil Ford.
Though there's a long way to go before the 2011 recruiting class signs
their official letters of intent, KU fans have plenty of reason to be
excited at just how much talent is considering setting up shop in
Lawrence. To hear Thomas tell it, it's something the recruits discuss
"I was basically just seeing what kind of team we would have if I did
come to KU," he said. "Right now, it's looking pretty good."
It's been a busy spring for Thomas, as he and his family have made
trips to a handful of campuses to take in practices and meet with
coaches. Thus far he has visited Tennessee, Kansas, Oklahoma and
Oklahoma State, with a trip to Tulsa planned for May 24. After that,
Thomas said he hoped to take additional trips to a few other schools,
including a return trip to Tennessee.
He hopes to decide on a college destination by late July, before the
start of his senior season at BSHS.
As for the latest trip to Kansas, Thomas considered his latest
unofficial a "great" visit.
"I could tell they're up and coming," he said, of the current KU squad.
"They had some good points in the game, and they have a nice receiving
corps and stuff like that."
Thomas on KU
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