It's been nothing if not a busy summer for Bernard Thomas.
The 5-foot-11, 180-pound cornerback from Blue Springs (MO) High School is one of the top prospects in the Kansas City metropolitan area, and his tour of college camps in recent months – which included Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma – reflects that lofty status.
He set out this summer to prove himself and his ability, Thomas said. It's a goal he felt he'd reached.
"All the camps I went to I was the best corner there," he said. "So I feel like I was doing pretty good. Some people say I'm a little stiff in my drills, but I think I went out there and proved I'm not stiff or anything like that."
Last weekend, Thomas tripped to Manhattan, Kan. for camp with Head Coach Bill Snyder and the Kansas State Wildcats. Already holding scholarship offers from Arkansas, Kansas and Tulsa, while in the Little Apple he posted a time of 4.45 seconds in the 40 yard dash and performed well enough overall to earn Number Four.
After camp, Wildcats defensive backs coach Keith Burns asked Thomas to call him when he returned to Kansas City. When the three-star corner obliged, Burns informed him of the good news.
The offer gives Thomas another reason to slow down the recruiting process. While he originally hoped to make a verbal commitment by the end of July, that timetable has been pushed back to sometime during his senior season.
"It came to a point where I started rushing myself, trying to make a decision," Thomas explained. "Then when K-State offered me, me and my mom had a talk and I thought I should let them have a chance, to see what they have to offer and get to know a little bit more about their program."
Because the Wildcats are still something of an unknown at this point, the Wildcats have a little ground to make up in their recruitment of him in the weeks ahead.
Additionally, the other BCS program in the Sunflower State recently turned up the heat in its own pursuit of the talented local product. According to Thomas, the Jayhawks have pegged him as one of the top prospects left on their board and, as a result, Head Coach Turner Gill is taking the lead in his recruitment.
"I've had conversations with Coach Gill, but now I'm just getting a little closer with him," said Thomas. "I thought it was kinda cool that the head coach wants to handle my recruitment."
Thomas and his teammates at BSHS kick off the 2010 season August 30, when cross-town rival Rockhurst High School comes calling.