Thomas preparing for MU visit

Missouri has recruited a handful of players from Aldine High School in Houston, but has never quite sealed the deal. Well, the Tigers staff is hoping that will change this weekend.

Aldine safety Curtis Thomas will be in Columbia this weekend on his final visit, and will be making a decision shortly thereafter. InsideMizzou caught up with Aldine coach Bob Jones for an update on Thomas's recruitment and what he would bring to the table should he pick MU.

"He went to Minnesota last week and loved it, and he's taking his last trip, to Missouri, this weekend," Jones said of the 6-foot, 195-pound standout athlete ranked by as the No. 40 safety in the nation and a three-star prospect.

"There are some other schools that are recruiting another safety, and if one of them happens to drop out of it with that safety, they could" offer Thomas a spot, Jones said, declining to name the schools or the safety. It's possible he was referring to Texas safety Tekkerien Cuba, who is being courted by Texas A&M and Nebraska, among others, but that's speculation.

What isn't speculation, though, is that Thomas is an excellent looking prospect. The one-time Kansas State commit picked off six passes, recorded 80-plus tackles and rushed for more than 400 yards on a gaudy nine yards per carry.

"He's all-around versatile," Jones said of Thomas, who played quarterback, running back, kick returner, safety and place holder at times. "I coached in the Army All-American Bowl and have no doubt Curtis could have started for us."

Thomas loved his visit to Minnesota, particularly the tight-knit feeling in the program and the focus on academics, so it's safe to say those are two areas the Mizzou staff might consider stressing this weekend.

Thomas will likely commit on signing day, and InsideMizzou will keep you posted on any developments in his recruitment…

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