Recruiting: Thomas Talks About OSU Commitment

Safety James Thomas of LaMarque, Texas, earned All-State honors in Texas as a junior when he picked off 11 passes. We spoke with him about that and about his commitment to Oklahoma State in interviewing him for a story in the Go Pokes Magazine recruiting issue. Those 11 interceptions and the commitment to Oklahoma State had something in common - both were the product of a season-long effort.

"I never really had back-to-back games where I had interceptions that season until the playoffs," said Thomas of his 11 picks during his junior season. "I would have one and then the next game none. The next game I'd have two and then the next none. Then I'd have three. It went that way all season."

Oklahoma State associate head coach Joe DeForest kept plugging the same way in recruiting Thomas.

"I just got tired of the (recruiting) process," said the 6-1, 185-pound Thomas. "At that time I just decided Oklahoma State would be a great place to be. It just seemed like they stayed after me and never gave up even though I was looking around at other schools. In the end that was what impressed me. I'm kind of like that as a player. I'm a person that never gives up, a leader that wants to win."

Thomas is impressive as we will write more about that in the story in the magazine. He volunteers in a lot of areas, and besides being a standout football player he is a strong student, who is his own words took care of business early and only has two classes this semester before graduating.

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