JUCO Safety Wowed on Trip to Oklahoma

Daniel Thomas is racking up yards as a quarterback at Northwest Mississippi Community College and has committed to play at Ole Miss. However, when Sooners Illustrated caught up with him after his official visit last weekend, he said he could see himself in Norman one day.

Time will tell, but Daniel Thomas said he could one day see himself in an Oklahoma Sooner uniform.

"I definitely see OU as a place I could play," Thomas said after his official visit to Norman last weekend when the Sooners downed Missouri, 41-31.

That would mean the quarterback/safety from Northwest Mississippi Community College would have to change the commitment he previously made to Ole Miss.

But that may not be too much of stretch considering the way Thomas was "wowed" on his visit.

"It's a great place," he said. "The campus is big, there were 85,000 people in the stadium and they've got some of the best facilities of anyplace I've ever seen."

And it doesn't hurt that the Sooners have head coach Bob Stoops, whom Thomas was floored to meet.

"Coach Stoops is a legend," he said. "I saw him and didn't know what to say. He talked to me and I was speechless."

Thomas (6-2, 230) was also impressed by the product he saw on the field.

"Those boys are all big, athletic and can run," he said. "And I know they (OU) send a lot of players to the next level."

Thomas plays quarterback at Northwest Mississippi, but said the Sooners are recruiting him to play safety.

"Coach Stoops told me that could change, though," Thomas said. "I know they move players a lot, but that doesn't matter to me as long as I can help out."

Thomas said he plans to make official visits later to Ole Miss and Florida State. He added that he'll make his decision after the season.

"I'll just have to talk it over with (NWMCC) coach (Randy Pippin) and decide what's best for me," he said.

A sophomore, Thomas accounted for 253 total yards (111 rush and 142 pass) and two touchdowns in Northwest Mississippi's most recent game on Oct. 11, a 27-20 overtime loss to No. 3 Gulf Coast.

He's accounted for over 1,000 yards and nine TDs for the 5-2 Rangers, ranked No. 16.

As a senior at Hilliard (Fla.), he accounted for 2,036 yards and 22 touchdowns as well as 57 tackles and an interception on defense.


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