Thomas not visiting OU this weekend

The Sooners are getting ready for one last big recruiting game weekend, but OU has lost one of its major expected visitors.

This weekend's loss didn't do anything to dissuade Suwanee (Ga.) Collins Hill linebacker Jonathan Thomas from liking Oklahoma.

But Thomas, originally scheduled to take an official visit to Norman this upcoming weekend, said he has been told to stay home.

"As a matter of a fact, I don't think I'm coming down," Thomas said. "I'm disappointed. I was kind of looking forward to it. I've never to a college football game."

Thomas said he spoke to OU defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery, who has been recruiting Thomas, last week where they said they want to wait on the visit.

Thomas said the plan now is for OU coaches to visit Thomas during the next month or so and learn more information about everything.

What OU did do, though, is lose a chance at an automatic commitment.

"To be honest, I was going to commit on the visit," Thomas said.

Thomas might still end up being a Sooners pledge when it's all said and done, but the task will be a lot tougher now.

Montgomery called Thomas on Halloween and offered him over the phone. His offer was confirmed the next day as well.

Thomas said Syracuse continues to show constant interest and really want him to take an official visit soon. Kansas State is also talking with Thomas.

Suwanee Collins Hill plays its playoff game Friday night and the plan was for Thomas to fly to OU either late Friday night or early Saturday morning. OU has two linebacker commits and the Sooners will definitely take at least one more with a strong possibility of taking two more prospects.

The Sooners, ranked No. 18 in the latest BCS standings, play their final home game of the season 11 a.m. Saturday against Iowa State.

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