When the open recruiting period began Sunday, Butler County (Kan.) Community College defensive tackle Mychealon Thomas heard from Texas Tech assistant coach Zac Spavital, who said he plans on visiting him on Tuesday.
Thomas was also made aware defensive line coach Mike Smith and cornerbacks coach Kevin Curtis were no longer with the team.
"Spavital talked to me about it and what was going on," Thomas said. "I was shocked but I mean if we have to change everything to be Big 12 champs then I'm with it all the way."
The 6-foot-3, 325-pound defensive tackle was also asked if the shakeup changed his commitment in any way.
"Nope because I know with this class we got coming in next year we going to shock the world," Thomas said.
Thomas, who tallied 39 tackles, four sacks, and 8.5 tackles for loss to earn Second Team All-Conference (KJCCC) honors this past season was recently evaluated by Scout midland recruiting region boss and national recruiting analyst Greg Powers:
"Thomas earned the nickname "Big Mych" back in high school and it is one that still suits him well today as he is set to head to the NCAA. He is a prospect who possesses the size and girth to be a true space eater on the college level. He can get in a gap and cause a whole lot of destruction. Lining up over the center he will be one who is hard to move. His eyes are always in the backfield, giving him a constant awareness of where to be."
Contrary to previous reports by RaiderPower.com, Thomas said he plan on enrolling at Texas Tech in May rather than in January. He is however taking an official visit to Texas Tech in January from the 22nd-24th.
Thomas, who will have three years to play two seasons when he arrives on campus, said his biggest improvement since being at Butler has been mental.
"I've improved a lot, I used to be lazy in high school but when I got to college I had to man up just because it's not high school anymore and I was playing with people around my age or older who were good," Thomas said.