Senior rushing stats Thomas 2,010 yards 30 TD Washington 2,132 yards 21 TD Jones 748 yards 6 TD (six games) Johnson 1,276 yards 22 TDThomas, who graduated May 25th, wants to be one of the guys on the field contributing. He knows what he is up against and is ready for the challenge.
"I am just going to try to out work everybody to try and get playing time," Thomas said. "I wanted to come down and work out with the players to get ready to play in August."
He has not met any of the other running backs yet but has met fellow incoming freshmen Romeo Davis, Anthony Reddick, and Chris Rutledge during his official visit.
The summer workouts at Miami are considered to be one of the toughest around. All of the players are striving to get better and some even look forward to the summer because it is a chance to separate themselves from their peers. That is exactly what Thomas is trying to do. He talked about his first day of workouts.
"It felt real good to be here on campus. I am just trying to work hard and get better. I knew the workouts would be harder than anything I was doing."
Thomas was able to meet some of his new teammates including Greg Threat, Glenn Cook, and Derrick Crudup.
Although Thomas is over 900 miles from home there are two current Hurricanes from Louisiana including high school teammate Vegas Franklin who also played at East St. John. Franklin and Thomas kept in touch throughout Thomas's senior season.
"We are real close," Thomas said. "We talked quite a bit last year. He gave me advice before I came to Miami. He told me to come in and compete by working hard and always try to get better."
Akieem Jolla, also from Louisiana, is Thomas's roommate right now during summer workouts. Thomas remembers Jolla as a prep star and his tremendous speed.
Speed is also one of Thomas's strongest attributes.
"I think I can bring speed, explosiveness, and vision."
At 5-foot-10 and 188 pounds, Thomas would like to be up around 193 pounds by the time season starts.
Thomas enjoyed playing against the top competition in the state of Louisiana during his two years at powerhouse East St. John who finished 9-1 in 2003. Thomas was a cornerback at West St. John (2A) before transferring to East St. John (5A) prior to his junior season.
He recalled some of his toughest competition in high school including players he played with:
DT Darryl Richard, Georgia Tech
OL Tyson Jackson, LSU
LB Quinn Johnson, LSU
WR Darius Reynaud, West Virginia
RB Chris Markey, UCLA
TE Chris Brown, Tennessee
DL Al Jones, N/A (2005 recruit)
Christopher Stock is a Staff Writer for CanesTime and can be contacted by emailing him at email@example.com.