Few players have had such the journey safety Ahmad Thomas has had with Oklahoma. From committing to the school without having seen the school to sticking with it despite being sole player from Miami to now entering his third year as a starter, it has been a whirlwind.
That’s something Thomas is starting to realize himself as he prepares to be possibly the lone starting senior in OU’s starting backfield.
“That’s like wow,” said Thomas last week at Big 12 media days. “That’s crazy because I was just talking to Schmitty (Jerry Schmidt) about how fast things have gone by. I remember walking in and having my first interview in the indoor. It’s just so crazy how time flies, I’ll tell you that.”
After playing limited time as a freshman, Thomas was thrust into a starting spot as a sophomore. There were some ups but a lot of downs as he adjusted to becoming one of the guys who was counted on all the time.
Junior year saw a breakthrough for Thomas on the field and with the media. The ever-growing confidence was clear to see and Thomas’ game-clinching interception vs. Baylor was one of the biggest highlights of the 2015 season.
“I remember being a freshman, starting as a sophomore and then developing as a junior, but it doesn’t sound like it was so long ago,” Thomas said. “The journey has been amazing. I’ve played with guys like Sterling Shepard, Tap (Charles Tapper), Zack (Sanchez), Strike (Eric Striker).
“They all taught me how to be better leaders. Jalen Saunders. Trevor Knight. Blake Bell. I mean c’mon, I could go on and on.”
And if Thomas can be as successful this season as he was last year, you might hear future Sooners start saying Ahmad Thomas was among the great guys they played with.
Not bad for somebody from inner city Miami and not a bad example to show you can make it no matter what your circumstances or environment was initially.