Thomas Could Be Top Slot In Junior College

Having a chance to see the NEO A&M Junior College spring football game last Thursday night was great. It turned out to be a barn burner of a game in the end. The White team was down with six minutes left 17-10, but starting from their own 1-yard line they went on a 99-yard scoring drive that ended with a two-point conversion catch for the go ahead points.

That game-winning drive started with a 27-yard reception to get the White out of the shadow of the goal post and then ended with the two-point catch and credit slot receiver Shawn Thomas with both.

The 6-0, 185-pound speedster out of Carencro High School near Lafayette, La., was at Fort Scott C.C. in Kansas last season and caught 42 passes for 514 yards and four touchdowns. He also rushed for 10 yards on a reverse and had one punt return for 15 yards. He thought there was something better and the competition of playing in the Southwest Junior College Football Conference will let him showcase his abilities against some fairly stout programs.

"It was a long road and I was at another juco in Kansas and it didn't work out," Thomas said of his path to Miami, Oklahoma. "They called me and told me I had the opportunity to come here and play. I just took it."

Thomas has offers now from the likes of Louisiana-Lafayette so he could go home, Memphis, Arkansas State, Middle Tennessee, South Alabama, Central Arkansas, and others but the coaching staff at NEO thinks as his highlights get out that he will get substantial more attention. Arkansas and Boise State coaches were in Miami for the spring game and they saw that takeoff route to get that winning drive going as his catch was complete over his head that Thomas had to battle for.

"I know ever since high school I have always had it in my head to never give up and I know at any point in time I can make a difference," he added. "When I got my number called I made the catch and it was a good throw but I had to reach out and focus to get it."

Thomas said this spring that he has improved as an overall athlete and with his route running. He said he has worked a lot with his hands and becoming a better football player. His size is good and his speed which is under 4.5 is outstanding.

You can see on the field that he is the kind of player that makes a defense nervous. In talking to his teammates he gives them confidence and several players on the White squad in the NEO game said they knew they had a chance to win because of Thomas.

"I appreciate it and all I can do is take everything coach has been teaching me and feed it in the program, do my best, and be the best player I can be," the humble Thomas said after the game.

He said he is looking for a school where he can get his degree as he realizes the importance of it, but he added he'd like an invitation to nearby schools.

"I'd really like to play in the Big 12," he said. "I would like to stay in this area."

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