It feels like Oklahoma snuck in the backdoor and pulled off a pretty neat little heist. While the Sooners have been aggressively pursuing a number of top prospects, things just sort of fell into place for OU with Klein (Texas) Collins safety Jordan Thomas.
Not the most vocal recruit or the most flashy, Thomas' name wasn't being spoken by anybody in the last couple of months. Committed to Northwestern since December 2012, never really looked like OU or any other school was a legitimate option.
But OU cornerbacks coach Bobby Jack Wright was persistent enough and Thomas was open enough to let things progress to the next level. A visit last weekend and now Thomas is in the fold for OU's Class of 2014.
This is a huge addition for the class because OU is need of safety help. The Sooners have one safety for the class, but it remains to be seen whether or not DeSoto (Texas) High's Vontre McQuinnie is a safety or outside linebacker when it's all said and done.
There is no question about Thomas, who is one of the top safeties in Texas and ranked No. 42 overall at the position. OU is still going to target Jenks (Okla.) High safety Steven Parker, but it's good to know the Sooners have at least one true safety in the mix.
Thomas said it means a lot for him to be able to play close enough home to see his family but far away enough for him to do his own thing. "It's one step toward manhood I guess you could say," said Thomas minutes after his commitment Sunday evening.
Most thought Thomas would leave OU on Sunday morning committed, but he wanted to do the respectable thing and let Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald know first. Once that was done, he was ready to let everybody else know he was a Sooner.
At 6-foot and 170 pounds, Thomas has good height for a safety and should no doubt be able to pack on some pounds to get bigger. OU still needs at least one more defensive back for the class, but the Sooners have quietly picked up a huge addition with Thomas.