Matt Visinsky

2017 North Shore defensive back talks SMU offer

Billy talked with 2017 Houston North Shore defensive back Jaylen Thomas about his SMU offer.

2017 Houston (Tex.) North Shore defensive back Jaylen Thomas picked up his first offer from SMU this past week and he said it was a big deal that SMU came through with his first offer.

"My position coach at my high school told me I received one from SMU. I've been talking to coach Loepp and coach McDaniel for a while now," Thomas said. "They've been telling me that it's my first offer so to just stay in contact with them. It's the greatest feeling in the world knowing I have the opportunity to play at the next level."

SMU linebackers coach Archie McDaniel has kept up with Thomas for the last week or so and he's been impressed with him so far.

"I think it's building. The way we've been talking, I've been liking it. He's cool. He's just telling me the opportunities I'm going to have and how close it is to home. He's been telling me about how the program is going to be and what he's about."

His position coach, Jess Loepp, also made contact and has been telling him about what he likes in Thomas, who would bring some playmaking on the back end of SMU's defense.

"They say I'm a playmaker and that I'm explosive, which is what they want in their defense. They said I should be playing early and things like that. They're going to play me at safety, which I love," Thomas said. "I like it. I like the DB coach and we're going to build a relationship."

Thomas is continuing to learn more about SMU while waiting for other schools to start showing interest in Thomas, who appreciates SMU being his first offer.

"That means a lot. That just shows me that I can look forward to them because they were the first ones to come up on me and put me on the map."

Thomas still has a lot of work to do on learning about SMU and taking a visit, but he's got three things he's looking for at the next level.

"I'm just worried about my education and football and if they play me a lot and things like that," the 5-9, 165-pound defensive back said.

Thomas had 16 pass breakups and had an interception on his junior season and looks to improve on that this upcoming season.

"I bring explosiveness and energy to the defense. I love scanning the field and seeing what the quarterback is about to do. I like to read my routes so I just love reading the quarterback," Thomas said. "Tackling and man-to-man coverage could use some work."

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