Top ’17 corner in for Junior Day
One season of high school football is all it took for Ambry Thomas to hit the radar of college coaches.
Thomas already holds scholarship offers from Cincinnati, Illinois, Iowa and Pittsburgh in his first full offseason. Indiana, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Penn State and West Virginia are among the other programs showing interest in the sophomore cornerback from Detroit.
“They’ve said it’s all about speed really,” Thomas said. “They can throw some weight on me. They’ve just said they like my speed and if they can get me faster and put some more pounds on me I’ll be a great player.”
Since last season Thomas has been the beneficiary of working with talented friends.
Teammates at King High School include four-star wide receiver Donnie Corley and four-star cornerback LaVert Hill, both juniors. Hill is committed to Penn State while Corley holds scholarship offers from several power programs, including Notre Dame.
Thomas has learned from Corley and Hill on the field and accompanied them on recruiting visits off it.
“It’s great because you actually get to see how serious it is,” Thomas said. “They look at the game from a whole different point of view. I’m starting to see where they’re looking at it from. They’ve got all the offers they wanted really. To them it’s all about the state title.”
Later this week Thomas plans to join Corley on a trip to Notre Dame for Junior Day. The duo visited South Bend last season for the North Carolina game.
“Our coach talked to them for me because they didn’t follow me back on Twitter,” Thomas said. “So my coach has been talking to them for me. They just want to get me down and hopefully get me down this summer too.”
Pittsburgh, Penn State and West Virginia are some other visits in the works for the next month.
Thomas enjoyed a look at South Bend on game day, including a tour of the facilities and a look at the recently upgraded Notre Dame Stadium.
“It was great as a mater of fact,” Thomas said. “It’s real traditional and I love the facility. I didn’t even know they had a turf field until I went down there. They told us they had just gotten the turf field.”
Right now Thomas is keen to keep the recruiting process open while sorting through and adding new options.
“I’m just taking it in,” he said. “I’m just trying to get to talk to the coaches, get to know them better. Every coach and coaching staff that’s interested in me.”