Oklahoma Tackle Hopes Mizzou Likes Him

With Missouri's football program beginning to firmly plant borders around the homegrown talent in the Show Me State while also poaching a good deal of talent from Texas, the state of Oklahoma remains Sooners and Cowboys territory. But that isn't to say the MU staff isn't recruiting the state.

Muskogee, Okla., defensive tackle Robert Thomas has been hearing from Mizzou in the form of hand-written letters, along with interested from OU, OSU, Tulsa, Kansas State and others. InsideMizzou.com caught up with Thomas to see if he's interested in the Tigers.

"I like them, I just hope they like me!" said the personable junior tackle. "They sent me something about a spring practice. I think I'm going to go for that and check it out."

Thomas watched MU's run to the Big 12 championship game last year and paid close attention to the two games against OU. He said he's heard good things about the program.

"The coaching staff seems cool, and the players seem down to earth," said the 6-foot-2, 280-pounder. "And that's the type of place I want to go."

"I don't have any favorites. Location doesn't matter. Anybody has a chance with me."

Thomas, who is awaiting his first offer, blends power and explosiveness, using his agility to beat bigger offensive lineman off the line. He runs a 4.93-second 40-yard dash, impressive for a player of his size.

"I think my power and quickness [are my strengths]. A lot of linemen I play with, they're kind of slow. I get around them pretty quickly."

Also a good student, Thomas would like to study engineering in college. Where that will be, nobody will likely know for a while. We'll update you should things heat up between him and Mizzou.

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