DETROIT -- When you’re already considered one of the best high school cornerbacks in country, sometimes getting advice can be difficult.
But when the advice is coming from arguably the best cornerback at the collegiate level, you tend to listen.
That seems to be the case with Detroit (Mich.) King’s Ambry Thomas and Michigan All-American Jourdan Lewis, who worked out together this summer and have continued a relationship in Thomas’ recruitment with the Wolverines.
“J.D., he’s actually the one who got me more interested in Michigan,” Thomas admits. “We sit down and talk about it. The he teaches me stuff, I’m like “Ok, I see myself fitting in, (at) his program.’”
Adding: “He’s saying he’s going to help me out wherever I go. It’s like a older brother relationship with me and him. He helps me out on stuff and told me what to look for when I watch film. He’s going to break a whole bunch stuff down with me.”
Did Lewis pass on any notable advice?
“He see how I do better when I talk trash,” Thomas said. “He said to keep that going and get up on opponents head, cause at the next level everybody can’t take it.”
And, of course, Thomas has mad respect for Lewis’ game.
“He’s a freak, man,” Thomas said of Lewis’ play. “He’s just like cat-like reflexes. He’s just awesome.”
On Saturday, Thomas was on-hand for Michigan’s 32-23 win against Michigan State. It was also an opportunity for him two checkout his former King teammates, MSU’s Donnie Corley Jr. and U-M’s Lavert Hill.
“Both of them, Donnie and Lavert, I want to see them go head-to-head,” Thomas said. “That would be nice.”
That never happened, but Corley Jr. added a reception touchdown late for MSU.
However, Thomas said on Friday, that he was going to watch how each coach operated during the rivalry match up.
“I’m just going to look how the coaches react in big games and see if they buckle or step up,” Thomas said.
Last weekend, Thomas also took in his first visit to Louisville.
“It was pretty good, I got to see Lamar Jackson go to work,” Thomas said. “They scored in the first minute and 30 seconds, so that was awesome.”
Thomas, who plans to enroll early this January, says he will make his commitment known no later than Dec 20, and plans to choose between his top four school, in no order, Florida, Arizona, Michigan and Michigan State, as he looks for the best fit defensively.
“See whose defense I can catch on quicker between Florida, Arizona, Michigan, Michigan State, see which one I pick up faster,” Thomas said.
Video interview by Josh Newkirk on Friday, Oct 28.