RB Hoping For UM Offer

When the University of Miami coaches went into the state of Louisiana to recruit Reserve (La.) East Saint John defensive ends Vegas Franklin and Kirston Pittman, they probably noticed a young running back by the name of Derron Thomas.

Now a senior, Thomas is having an outstanding senior season. He is coming off his best career performance.

"We played the fifth ranked team in the state and I had 376 yards and six touchdowns," Thomas said. "Catching the ball, I had 60 yards. I dont know what was going on but I was running all over the field. My first two runs of the game were for touchdowns of 75 and 80 yards. I ended up scoring on runs of 80, 77, 75, 45, 10, and five. It was great but we still lost in overtime."

Thomas, who has over 850 yards and 12 touchdowns through five games this season, has emerged as one of the nation's top running back prospects. He has the offers to prove it.

"I know I'm gonna visit Miami, Florida State, Nebraska, and then probably Michigan and Colorado," he said. "I know all about LSU because I have been there so many times. I don't really even need to take a visit there. They're only about 30 minutes away. All the ones I just named have offered me a scholarship except for Miami."

The talented running back talked more about the Hurricanes and where he stands on their list.

"Coach CJ has been calling me a lot," he said. "He calls about once a week, just seeing what's up. I can't wait to tell him about my game last week. He said they need some running backs and they're only recruiting a few of them. They have one guy from Miami already committed (Bobby Washington) and they're still waiting on another guy, Charlie Jones, and a boy from Texas, Adrian Peterson. They're going to see what those guys do and if they don't get them, they plan on offering someone else and I'm one of the guys they're looking at."

Thomas is very high on the Hurricanes at this point in the process.

"I'd say it's either Miami or Florida State," he said when asked for a leader. "Miami wins, man. They send a lot of great backs to the NFL and they're going to be really thin after this season. Frank Gore's hurt and Jarrett Payton and Jason Geathers are seniors. The opportunity to go in there and play and make an impact is there. I hope I get a chance."

The standout runner is familiar with UM for a couple of reasons.

"I actually went down there before my junior year last summer for their camp," he said. "I liked it a lot. Plus, my boy Vegas (Franklin) plays there now. I just talked to him the other day actually. He was telling me how much he liked it there, telling me about all the competition and stuff. He's redshirting right now but the coaches have told him he's as good as the guys they have now but he just needs to spend some time in the weight room. The other guy (Pata) was more ready to play right away I guess."

Thomas also keeps in touch with Pittman at LSU as well.

"He's actually playing a lot," he said. "He got in against Georgia and even had a sack. He's been ballin."

Thomas, a full academic qualifier, is 5-foot-11 and 190 pounds and says his running style is what makes him different from most backs.

"I have the speed to go around you and the power to go through you," he said. "But it's not all about that. You have to make people miss and get all the extra yards. That's what I can do."

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