After taking a visit to Nebraska for the Huskers’ annual Red-White game, Mustang high school (Oklahoma) defensive tackle Deontre Thomas pledged his services to the Big Red on Saturday. Thomas’ commitment pushes Nebraska to eight overall in the 2017 class.
"I will be a Cornhusker," Thomas said on the radio. "The coaching staff all recruited me, but the main was John Parrella. He is a great Christian guy and really energetic. That is what I need, someone energetic who can push me and get me to the next level. Of course he knows how to get there. He played in the NFL for thirteen years so he knows a little bit about it."
Picking the Huskers over Michigan, Thomas chose to announce his decision via AM 590 ESPN radio in Omaha on Saturday. Schools like Arizona State, Kansas State, Ole Miss, Texas A&M, Wyoming, Colorado and Iowa State were a factor for his commitment.
“Thomas is a fun defender to watch,” said Scout.com national recruiting analyst Greg Powers. “He moves around the defensive line playing some end and tackle in and odd front in high school and shows a high motor, chasing down plays and wreaking havoc. He uses his hands effectively and plays with good leverage. He is still a bit undersized, but has plenty of time to add bulk. For a defensive tackle prospect he is very athletic and shows it by batting down passes or running down ball carriers in the open field.”
After his visit to Nebraska, Thomas talked with Big Red Report about what he saw.
“It is outstanding,” said Thomas. “It’s the best I have seen. Everything was nice, but meeting Coach Parrella was the highlight of the visit. He is a great and honorable guy.”
According to Scout.com's Bob Przybylo, Thomas weighed only 210 pounds in April of 2015. Now closer to 260, Thomas realized he would need to get bigger to play in the trenches. Yet, he's kept his speed, clocking a recent 4.63 unofficial forty.
Thomas will take an official visit to Nebraska during Wyoming week.