Thomas Blowing Up

Oh, what a difference one video, or one play can make. Both helped San Antonio Sam Houston safety Leo Thomas emerge as a hot prospect in the state of Texas.

"The recruiting process has been going really well for me. Now that my highlight tape is done, coaches are really seeing all my film. Coach Green, for the past few weeks, has been getting calls from all over the nation, certain coaches calling for me, others calling for all of us."

'All of us,' is a stacked senior class that includes defensive lineman Javonte Magee and offensive linemen Raphael Green and Prince Eshan. Thomas might have been the most lightly regarded of the four, but with increased attention, all that is changing.

"That's why I'm in here lifting weights, just trying to make myself better," Thomas said.

Thomas wasn't on anybody's radar until a standout performance at the Baylor camp heading into his junior year. He started off the camp by locking down the receivers he faced, then moved to receiver. While there, he went against a higher level prospect, somebody who had been receiving college attention.

"I burned him pretty good," Thomas said. "When I caught that ball, everybody just loved me. At that point, I just thought, 'I could play D1 ball if I just stayed together.'"

Though that big moment came at receiver, and Sam Houston coach Gary Green thinks that Thomas could play the position in college, Thomas best projects as a safety.

"I'm skinny, but I'm an aggressive safety," said Thomas, who holds a spindly 170 pounds over a 6-foot-3 frame. "I can hit, and wherever the ball goes, that's where I'm going to be."

Thomas called himself a "ball reader," and with his interception numbers, it's hard to disagree. He finished last season with six interceptions, though he actually had five other picks called back for one penalty or another. He also serves as one of the top kickoff returners in the San Antonio area.

"I love getting the ball on kick returns," Thomas said. "It's a chance for me to make something big happen and put the offense in a really good spot. When I get the ball, it isn't side-to-side. It's up-the-field."

Thomas uses that aggressive attitude, and his speed, to make an impact on that side of the ball. He ran a 4.5-flat at the Texas A&M camp, and said he believes he'll clock faster this summer.

Thomas has one offer, from North Texas, and said he likes Baylor, LSU and TCU as well. Bigger schools, like Texas, are also sniffing around.

"Things are heating up," Thomas said. "People who want to see my highlights can do it really easily now."

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