Thomas a Versatile Star

There's versatility, then there's Orlando Thomas versatility.

Two weeks ago, the Copperas Cove star quarterback led his team in a 7-on-7 competition from the pocket. One day later, Thomas was on the 40 Acres, spending the morning with the wide receivers and the afternoon with the cornerbacks at Texas's upperclassman camp.

Not many prospects find themselves at three positions in 24 hours, but Thomas shrugged off any compliments on his ability to adapt.

"Wherever Texas wants to put me is where I'll go," Thomas said. "It's as simple as that."

Thomas said the coaches haven't told him specifically where they want him, adding that coaches have talked with him about roles on both offense and defense. Thomas said he doesn't have any preference for a college position.

In high school, he'll be back as Cove's signal caller this season, and he said he's spent time working on his passing arm for the occasion.

"I also wanted to work on my leadership," Thomas said.

That leadership was apparent after Thomas rallied his team following a close defeat to a tough and athletic Round Rock Stony Point team, ending Cove's 7-on-7 day in the group stages. But while Stony Point was among the tournament's top teams, Thomas said he didn't believe in moral victories.

"We beat Stony Point in the playoffs a couple of years ago," Thomas said. "They're a good team. But for us to get to where we want to be, we need to beat teams like Stony Point."

Thomas said Copperas Cove hopes to end the season with a state championship.

"We have the players to do it," Thomas said. "It's just up to us to go out and make the plays."

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