The Lost Oklahomans: Lorenzo Thomas

How does a recruiting prospect get lost playing at Tulsa Union? You would think it would not only be hard but downright impossible considering that the Redskins are a consistent top-25 high school football program nationally.

Union has won seven state championships in Class 6A in Oklahoma during the Union-Jenks stronghold on the trophy that has lasted 18 years and is now guaranteed a 19th year as the two will meet Friday for the new Class 6A-1 State Championship.

Still, Union football player Lorenzo Thomas is relatively unknown in Division I football recruiting and recruiting websites. It could be that the 6-2, 235-pound Thomas is obscured by his status in the sport of rugby, where he is not only a prep All-American but he was on a team of touring American prep rugby players that went 1-3 against the best their age in Argentina.

Thomas is a center in rugby, and according to the website was listed at 6-2, 263 pounds on the All-American roster. At Tulsa Union in football, Thomas is listed at 6-2, 240 pounds as a tight end and outside linebacker.

Watch Thomas and he is a collision waiting to happen. There is video of Thomas available all over the internet, which makes the mystery even that much more, well, mystifying.

In the 52-7 state semifinal win over Mustang, Thomas had 10 tackles and a sack with several big collisions while coming up to stop run plays before the Bronchos backs could get any traction. The week before against a speedy Edmond Memorial team featuring little speedster Warren Wand in the backfield, Thomas had 10 tackles and two sacks as Union won 59-28.

On the season, Thomas has settled in at his outside linebacker position. While he looks a little uncomfortable doing anything but blitzing or coming up quickly to stop the run, he has 93 tackles, 39 of those unassisted, on a defense that prides itself on getting multiple defenders around the football. He also has 10 sacks.

In previous seasons at Union he has been listed as a fullback and a defensive end and he can surely play those positions. Any position that requires a player to be highly physical he is capable of playing. Put him on the shield to protect a punter and you still have a big, strong guy that can cover. He would be a natural on either kickoff or punt return teams.

He has made it to Oklahoma State for an unofficial visit during the West Virginia game. Northeastern Oklahoma A&M Junior College is all over him. He would be close enough to his home in Tulsa that he could play football for the Norsemen and still participate in a rugby club at home. Iowa State is rumored to be seriously recruiting him the last few weeks.

All I can tell you is that I enjoy watching him play and can't imagine you won't either if you take the time to seek out his video.

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