Marcus Thomas is one of the best athletes his size in the state of Florida. Last season, Thomas played on the defensive line as a 6-foot-2, 280 junior. He had around 70 tackles to go with two sacks.
Now as a senior, Thomas's role has changed. "He played defensive end last year. But now he's playing middle linebacker," said coach Allen.
"Marcus's strength is his speed. His lateral movement from sideline to sideline," said Allen. "He has a good nose for the football. He just does a nice job of finding the ball and making plays," he said.
Now at 6-foot-2, 230-pounds, Thomas has upped his forty time to the mid 4.5 range. "He ran the 100 meter for us on the track team. He was the anchor on the 4x1 relay team," said Allen.
So where does he stand as a player on the football field? "Kentucky has him projected as a defensive tackle, which he can play. He's going to have to bulk up to compete in the SEC," said Allen.
Thomas hasn't taken any visits so far, but he has the attention of some familiar programs. "Kentucky is the only major school that has offered him. But Western Kentucky, Florida Atlantic are involved. Michigan State and Ole Miss are very interested," said Allen.
Thomas isn't ready to make a decision any time soon. He's likely to make his choice after the season is over, but they may be a while. Oviedo is 7-1 on the season and will continue it's season into the playoffs.