UCLA Still On Thomas

The Etiwanda (Calif.) linebacker, Khaylan Thomas, who UCLA has offered, says he's in constant communication with the Bruin coaching staff...

Etiwanda (Calif.) linebacker Khaylan Thomas (6-1, 217) had been focusing on a top five, but as more schools get involved, Thomas is staying wide open.

"I had a top three or top five, but at this point now, I'm really open," said Thomas. "It's still early enough that I don't want to narrow it down yet."

Thomas has offers from Arizona, Arizona State, UCLA, Miami, Fresno State, Oregon State, Colorado, Utah, Nebraska, Washington State and Colorado State and a few more schools are recruiting him.

"I've heard from Texas A&M, USC and Alabama too," said Thomas. "We've had Arizona, Arizona State, Texas A&M, Miami, Nebraska, Utah, Fresno State, Washington, UCLA, Washington State and Colorado State all come by."

UCLA was one of the first schools to offer Thomas and he went to the Bruins' Spring Game at the StubHub Center.

"I went to UCLA's Spring Game and I had a lot of fun," said Thomas. "It's interesting watching them and seeing their defense. They get after it."

Thomas talks with UCLA defensive backs coach Demetrice Martin, who recruits the Inland Empire, the most, but also talks with defensive coordinator Jeff Ulbrich and head coach Jim Mora.

"I talk to Coach Meat the most, he's the one recruiting me, but I talk with Coach Ulbrich occasionally and I talk to Coach Mora a little too," said Thomas. "Coach Mora is a good coach and I like him."

Arizona and Arizona State are also recruiting Thomas aggressively.

"I talk to a lot of the coaches at Arizona," said Thomas. "They're recruiting me pretty hard and Arizona State is recruiting me pretty hard too."

Thomas said that Colorado, Oregon State and Utah are also staying in frequent contact with him.

As for camps, Thomas said he plans to camp at UCLA and USC and then do more 7v7 with Rharebreed Training, including the Cal and USC 7v7 tournaments, plus tournaments with Etiwanda.

"The 7v7 game has really helped me tremendously," said Thomas. "When I went to the Pylon 7v7 in Las Vegas, my coach worked on giving me a deeper drop and jumping pass routes and concepts and I did well. I'm more of a hitter, but pass coverage has made me better."

Thomas said most schools like him outside, but he's open to playing inside or outside at the next level.

"I'm pretty sure schools like me for one of the outside positions, but I can play inside too," said Thomas. "I just want to play linebacker."


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