Thomas on KU

These days, high schools in the Kansas City Metro have become a virtual hotbed of BCS-level football talent.

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 as well.

"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."

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