Ty Thomas from Lubbock, Texas is the first commit in Oklahoma State's 2017 recruiting class

Ty Thomas from Lubbock, Texas is the first player to commit to Oklahoma State in the 2017 recruiting class. The standout safety is the son of former Texas Tech standout Bart Thomas and the nephew of all-time great Red Raider linebacker Zach Thomas.

Safety Ty Thomas out of Lubbock (Cooper), Texas became the first name on the 2017 recruiting class for Oklahoma State. The "pistols firing" message came on the Coach Gundy Twitter account on Friday morning.

Thomas is a 5-11, 195-pound defender that has the reputation of being a hard hitter and secure tackler, a physical player overall. Kansas State and TCU were recruiting Thomas. He had offers from the Cowboys, East Carolina, Washington State, and hometown Texas Tech. In fact, he is a legacy of Red Raider royalty as his father Bart was a standout safety for Tech and his uncle Zach is one of the all-time great Red Raider players ever as a linebacker that went on to star in the NFL for the Miami Dolphins. 

Watch his tape and you find that the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. Thomas comes screaming down from his safety position or hauling from across the field and slams into runners and receivers. As a sophomore, he had 46 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, and a pair of interceptions. 

As a junior, his play hit a completely new level as his confidence and toughness show on virtually every play. He helped the Cooper Pirates to a 10-2 season and 5-0 record in district play. He finished with 107 tackles, 6 tackles for loss, and 2 more interceptions.

Watch him on tape and you can easily see why he earned Class 5A All-State honors as a junior and why he is an exciting pick up in the 2017 recruiting class. He reminds me of former Oklahoma State safety Markelle Martin with those titanic hits. 

He checks out well off the field with a 4.0 plus GPA in the classroom and he ranks seventh in his class academically. In the weight room he has a 325-pound max on the bench press, 465 pounds on the squat, and he has a 33-inch vertical. He lists his 40 time at a respectable 4.58. 

The son of Bart Thomas and the nephew of Zach Thomas makes for a huge recruiting pickup for the Cowboys. My guess is Red Raiders fans will work Ty hard over the next 13 months to attempt to change his mind.  

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