Thomas Has Options Heading Into Senior Season

Last year the Oregon State Beavers signed sleeper defensive back Josh Davies out of Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.). The Beavers are hoping to do same with Davies' teammate in the Class of 2003, standout safety Terrel Thomas, but the word has gotten out about the 6-foot, 175 pound standout, and the Beavers now have stiff competition in the race for Thomas' signature on Signing Day.

"I'd like to stay on the West Coast," said Thomas said of his college preference, "and I'm looking at school's that combine a good education with a quality football program. In no order, my top five right now would be USC, UCLA, Colorado, Oregon State and Washington." Right now Thomas has offers from Oregon State (who offered before the start of his junior season), UCLA, Cal, San Diego State, Kansas, USC, Washington State, Utah State and New Mexico State. He plans on waiting until Signing Day to announce his decision.

"Most schools are recruiting me as a safety, but some said they might try me at corner because of my size and speed."

The name of Thomas' game is speed, and with a 4.35 clocking in the 40-yard dash at the Nike Camp in Los Angeles, it's easy to see that he has a ton of it.

Last fall as a junior he earned All-League honors for the second straight season and 2nd Team All-CIF honors after totaling 78 tackles and five interceptions on defense while rushing for six scores on just 15 carries on offense.

His junior season combined with his standout Nike Camp showing (4.35 in the 40, 4.19 in the shuttle, 31-inch vertical jump) have established Thomas as one of the top defensive back prospects on the West Coast.

Recalled Thomas, "I loved my Nike Camp experience. It opened up so many opportunities for me."

Thomas carries a 3.0 GPA and is close to achieving a passing score on the SAT. Once he does, expect the rest of the Pac-10 and others to add to his already long list of scholarship offers.

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