Shortly after, reports surfaced that NU offered 2014 wide receiver Kameron Uter. Of course, given the loyalty program, it meant the Wildcats had moved on.
After 13 months of being committed to NU, Thomas finally flipped to Oklahoma. Bob Przybylo of SoonersIllustrated.com reported the news on Sunday night.
Nothing changed with the commitment and visitation policy—one that Fitzgerald always honors. When you're committed to NU and visit elsewhere, he pulls the scholarship.
Thomas was a Wildcat as of Thursday, but his decision left Fitzgerald with no choice.
He's now pursuing at least one player to round out the 2014 class. They offered two-sport athlete Kameron Uter (more on him later) and set an official visit date for Jan. 31.
Although the recent poor season likely dented this recruiting class, the core stays intact. Plus, the Wildcats have a strong history of picking sleeper recruits, including players like cornerback Nick VanHoose.
Still, the loss of Thomas is arguably the worst news of NU's recruiting season. He committed in December 2012, one of the first peeks at what on-field success can accomplish on the trail.
Despite the long relationship between program and player, it's hard to want players interested elsewhere. There was no obvious replacement for Thomas, but this empty scholarship will go to someone truly committed.
For a program that does it right, the rough side of recruiting can hit especially hard.
We'll have more recruiting coverage throughout the day.