Kevin Thomas Could be Among Best

6-1, 170-pound <b>Kevin Thomas</b> from Oxnard Rio Mesa could be among the best cornerback prospects in the west, looking very good at the recent Nike Camp. He talked to us about who's showing him interest...

Kevin Thomas, 6-1, 170, Oxnard (Calif.) Rio Mesa, had a very good showing at the recent Nike Camp in San Diego.

He ran a 4.49 in the 40, which was one of the top ten times for the day; recorded a 4.03 shuttle, which was among the few best; 17 reps on the bench, which is very impressive for a cornerback that weighs 170 pounds, and jumped 37 ½ inches in the vertical, which was among the few best for the camp.

Thomas looked particularly good in the one-on-one drills. Not only did he have good quickness and hips, he exhibited great closing speed, probably being the best corner prospect at the camp.

As a junior he had 68 tackles and three inteceptions as a cornerback and 23 catches for 481 yards as a wide receiver.

In recruiting, Thomas said he's received an offer from California, and what he called "verbal offers" from USC and Washington State. The other schools he likes were Arizona State and UCLA.

"I'll probably stay on the west coast," Thomas said. "Most of the schools recruiting me are on the west coast. It doesn't mean I wouldn't listen to any other school. If they're interested in me, I'm interested in them."

Being from Southern California, Thomas said he wouldn't mind staying in the area for college. "If both of the local schools wanted me, it could come down to them. Right now I like USC over UCLA. UCLA hasn't shown me a lot of interest. If they did, I'd be more interested in them."

Thomas said he maintains a 2.7 GPA and scored a 830 on the SAT, but he plans to take it again. "I'll take in June 5th. I really want to improve my score," he said.

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