Ambry Thomas may have all the offers he needs or wants. But that doesn’t mean the Detroit (Mich.) King 2017 four-star defensive back has the funds to see every school in his recruitment.
And with NCAA’s ruling on Friday banning satellite camps and Division 1 coaches from participating in such camps, Thomas, like others star athletes from Detroit voiced his displeasure with the ruling.
“I think it’s very unfair and selfish,” Thomas said of the NCAA’s banning of satellite camps involving Division 1 coaches. “I don’t think the NCAA is thinking about the kids who don’t have opportunities to reach out to these schools that are far away.”
Adding: “I really don’t think it’s thought through, for real. I don’t know what made them come upon this decision. But I think they should reconsider it. Cause there is a lot of local kids out here who go tot their local camps like ‘Sound Mind Sound Body’ for the all college coaches see them there. Since they don’t have enough money or transportation to get to (out of state) camps.”
While Thomas says the NCAA’s decision hasn’t negatively hurt his recruitment with ACC and SEC schools alike, he was quick to note he might not be able to connect with all the coaches like he once planned this summer at Sound Mind Sound Body football academy on June 9 and 10.
“It’s going to be harder for me to see them now,” Thomas said. “Because I had a lot of schools telling me they were able to come see me for ‘Sound Mind Sound Body.’ Now that this rule is in place, I don’t know.”
Package deal with his cousin?
Thomas’ cousin is four-star 2017 safety Jaylen Kelly-Powell, who plays for cross-town rival Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech. And the plan right now, Thomas says, is to play together at the next level.
“That’s what we want to do,” Thomas said.
Further adding that Kelly-Powell’s decision could impact his as well.
“I would take a second to look at the school of choice that he chose,” Thomas said. “And I would pay very close attention to them if I like them. I can possibly make the same move, but if I feel it’s just a good fit for him and not for me, then I’ll have to make my own decision.”
Michigan has offered both Thomas and Kelly-Powell, and both of them have been on U-M’s campus often lately.
"(U-M has) told me I was number one on their list but there's a couple others,” Kelly-Powell said. “They told me that when me and my cousin Ambry Thomas were up there."
Adding: "We both don't go to the same high school so it'll be a rivalry going at it but we're both trying to go to college together. It's nothing but love."
Either way, Thomas says he’ll be back on U-M’s campus this week, noting he likes Michigan’s move of adding Don Brown as its defense coordinator
“They’re about their business,” Thomas said of Michigan. “And you can tell that defense is coming up. Don Brown coming from Boston College and their defense has been number one, and he can possible make Michigan’s defense number one."
Already Thomas has been on campus visits to Michigan State, Pittsburg, West Virginia and Penn State. Upcoming he says has another trip to Michigan, plus trips to Oklahoma, Tennessee and Arkansas next week.
Thomas says he plans to make his commitment known after his senior season.