Curtis Thomas to visit Minnesota this weekend

Curtis Thomas, a 6-foot-1, 190-pound safety from Houston (TX) Aldine, will visit Minnesota this weekend. Thomas committed to Kansas State in August, but decided to re-open his recruitment when defensive coordinator Raheem Morris returned to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as their defensive backs coach. GoldenSports.Net caught up with Aldine head coach Bob Jones to learn the latest on his recruitment.

Curtis Thomas led Aldine to a 6-5 mark, losing to Houston Lamar 35-7 in the first round of the playoffs. It was Aldine's first playoff appearance since 2003 as they finished second in District 18-5A.

Thomas finished with six interceptions and had 45 carries for 406 yards (9.0 yards per carry) with two touchdowns.

Thomas had 14 carries for 224 yards with a 75-yard touchdown run against Eisenhower in his first extended game as a running back.

Thomas had 48 tackles and 35 assist this season.

Aldine head coach Bob Jones said that Thomas will make a few visits before making his college choice.

"He will visit Houston during the week and Missouri the following weekend."

Thomas is an outstanding all-around athlete. He has played on the basketball team the past three years and has run track the past four seasons. He is not playing basketball this year to prepare for next season. Aldine is 21-1 in basketball as they are led by All-American Gary Johnson, who is headed to Texas.

"He wanted to focus on track to work on his quickness."

Jones said that Thomas runs a 4.5 40 and bench presses 330 pounds.

Jones recommended Minnesota to Thomas when Raheem Morris left Kansas State.

"Coach Brewster and I have known each other forever. I got to know him when he was at Texas and I just started at Aldine. I know Everett Withers (the new defensive coordinator). I mentioned Minnesota because of Coach Brew. He has coached in the NFL and in college. I called him to see what interest he might have."

Thomas played in the East Meets West All-Star game in Orlando, Florida, where he was a standout, according to Jones.

"He was considered one of the top athletes there. I coached in the U.S. Army Game in San Antonio and he could have played there. He was a great, great player for us. His uncle, Juqua Thomas (who also play at Aldine), plays for the Philadelphia Eagles "

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