Recruiting: Thomas Found Right Place In OSU

Johnny Thomas of Texas City, Texas, is talented enough to play on either side of the ball. He earned all-district and all-county honors at cornerback as a junior with 82 tackles and nine interceptions, including one he returned for a touchdown. This past season he played only on offense and repeated all of his honors with 1,786 yards rushing and 21 touchdowns.

"I don't really have a preference," said the 6-0, 180-pound speedster about which side of the ball he prefers to play in college. "I like both offense and defense, so it really comes down to playing where I'm needed."

As far as where he will play geographically, Thomas said he made that decision last weekend when he visited Oklahoma State.

"It was great there," said Thomas. "Coach (Joe) DeForest took care of me and I was looking for a place where I liked the people and felt that I fit in with them. I felt that at Oklahoma State. They are good people, the players and coaches. Quinton Moore showed me around and I really got along with him.

"Oklahoma State felt real comfortable."

Thomas said he had been recruited by Texas, but the Longhorns were recruiting him as a running back and they got another running back commitment that changed his status with the Longhorns. He was also recruited by the likes of Arkansas, Mississippi, Rice, Houston, and others. He also has a plan for his major at Oklahoma State.

"I'm going to major in graphic design," said the personable Thomas.

Before heading to college and playing football he still has some unfinished business with the Stingarees as he is also pretty involved in the track program.

"I run the 4x100, the 4x200, and the open 400," said Thomas of his events for this spring on the track.

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