Elkhorn has another great DL

If there is a school in the Omaha metro area that gets a little overlooked it might be Elkhorn (Nebr.). They are consistantly a power in the Class B ranks in state and are known to generate division one talent. Just in the past decade or so there have been quite a few players to emerge from Elkhorn. The latest is Kevin Thomsen.

Kevin Thomsen has that size and speed that you want in your defensive end, but he has been playing full back and linebacker at Elkhorn (Nebr.). He is already busy getting ready for his senior working with the team.

"Oh yeah," Thompson said. "We had that and FCA up at the high school. We always go and play a couple of games of basketball those nights."

Last year Elkhorn had a very good year losing to the eventual state champions in the second round. "We went 8-3. We went into the second round of the playoffs. We are Class B. We lost to Skutt who won state."

Thomsen was a standout as a junior despite breaking his wrist early in the season. He played a bigger role on offense as a sophomore as a result of that injury.

"I played linebacker this year. I am moving to defensive end next year. This year I had 93 total tackles. I think that I rushed for 117 yards. I broke my wrist in the fourth game and didn't play a lot of fullback. I played fullback last year and rushed for about 280 yards. I was all-conference and all-district on defense this year."

Thomsen comes in a 6-foot-4 and 245 pounds which is very big for a linebacker. He has 4.8 speed though which has colleges talking to him about making the move to defensive end.

"All of the schools are talking to me about playing defensive end. It's probably being physical, aggressive and explosive when it comes to my strengths. I am also quick off of the line."

"I think that I am an all-around defensive end. I think that I can stuff the run and rush the quarterback. From playing linebacker I am used to hitting guys in the hole and plugging the hole. I am also used to blitzing and pass rushing."

While Thomsen has shown his abilities on the field he has shown them out of position. It is hard to gauge a player at another position and that has a lot of colleges waiting to offer.

"I don't have any offers yet. All of the colleges that have talked to me have said that all of their film that they have of me is at linebacker. Because they are looking at me at defensive end they want to see me pass rush, first. They want to see me at camp and go one on one."

"Iowa, Nebraska, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Wyoming, and Colorado State are all recruiting me. Probably the two that are recruiting me the hardest are Iowa and Nebraska."

Nebraska kids, and coming from a school of recent players that have attended Nebraska, makes it very easy to grow up watching the Huskers. "Oh yeah, I grew up watching the Huskers. There is Jay Moore coming from Elkhorn, his brother, Kyle, is going there next year and Phil Peetz played at Nebraska."

Thomsen will be heading to the Scout.com combine that will be in Iowa in April. That is just one of many things that have his schedule busy starting in April.

"I am going to Iowa City for the Scout.com combine on April 22. I am going by myself, but I think that there is a kid from Gretna that might be going. Trevor Robinson might be going, but he went to San Antonio already."

"Other than going to the Scout camp I am going to the Nike camp at either Ohio or Oregon. Then I am going to the Adidas Elite camp that is in Lincoln. That is it for combines. I am going to the Iowa one-day camp and hoping to get to a one day camp at schools like Nebraska, Kansas, Kansas State and maybe Iowa State."

Thomsen is making some sacrifices and having to miss a track meet or two to do all of the things that he wants to with football this spring and summer. "Right now it is track and field. I throw the shot and discus and I always have track meets on Saturdays. As of now I am only missing one to go to Junior Day at Nebraska."

Thomsen has heard from college coaches to not worry about getting bigger. He has been asked to focus on getting a better 40 time and getting quicker. The college coaches all believe that he can carry weight and add it in their program.

"Probably just getting faster, quicker, working out; all of these other summers I have working on bulking up and now I am around 245 and I am happy with my weight and muscle mass. I am trying to lose body fat and just get faster and quicker."


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