Michigan has made four-star cornerback Ambry Thomas one of its top priorities in its 2017 class. That was evident on Saturday, as the Detroit (Mich.) King standout spent another day hanging out with U-M’s coaching staff in Schembechler hall.
“It was pretty good, I liked it a lot actually,” Thomas said of his latest visit. “I had an awesome time with the coaches, so it was cool.”
One coach in particular, U-M defensive coordinator Don Brown, seems to have made quite the connection with Thomas during his recruitment with the Wolverines.
“We’re actually getting real close,” Thomas said of Brown. “I can hit him up at any time of the night and he’ll respond real quick -- so that’s real nice.”
And Brown’s message to Thomas is clear: he wants him to be part of U-M’s 2017 class.
“He asks me, ‘What’s taking me so long? What am I waiting on?” Thomas said of Brown, referring to his possible decision to become a Wolverine.
So, where does Michigan stand right now in Thomas’ recruitment?
“I really don’t have a leader right now,” Thomas said. “But (Michigan) is near the peak.”
What does Thomas mean by “peak” exactly?
“Because of the relationship I have with the coaches,” he added. No matter which school he chooses, Thomas says he will have the full support from his family no matter what.
“They like whatever I like,” he said. Thomas’ cousin, Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech 2017 safety Jaylen Kelly-Powell, was also along for the visit and is being heavily courted by the Wolverines.
Kelly-Powell and Thomas and have opening discussed the possibility of playing college football together, with Thomas even adding a percentage to that actually happening.
“It’s probably like a 50-50 ball right now,” Thomas said of playing college ball with his cousin. “I don’t know yet, for real. But we’re working on it.” As far as upcoming visits, Thomas says he no more planned coming up. “Probably none soon, to be honest, I’m just focusing on this upcoming football season,” Thomas said. “Sound Mind Sound Body is about the only time I will see the coaches.”
Thomas says he has no plans to put out a top-five. Instead, he says he’ll just make his commitment known when he is ready.
He says he plans to announce sometime after his senior season, with intentions of graduating early this December.
Thomas had this to say about U-M assistant Tyrone Wheatley.
“We’re real close actually, too,” Thomas said of Wheatley. “Him and my uncle they were cool growing up together.”
Thomas had this to say about U-M assistant Michael Zordich.
“We’re real close also,” Thomas said of Zordich. “I sat in his office (on Saturday), and we went over technique and everything. It was real cool.”