Thomas Gets Offered

The swift defensive back/athlete from Etiwanda Rancho Cucamonga, Terrell Thomas, came away with a scholarship offer from UCLA's one-day camp on Saturday. He talks about his recruitment...

Terrell Thomas, 6-1, 175, Etiwanda (Calif.) Rancho Cucamonga, showed UCLA coaches Saturday talent, speed and agility – enough for the coaches to offer him a scholarship.

Being a track guy, he ran in the mid 4.6s, which is the equivalent to 4.4-ish at a Nike Camp. In fact, at Nike he ran a 4.35, which was one of the fastest times of the day at the Los Angeles Camp. Saturday he showed that, with his size (about 6-1) he had a nice ability to turn his hips and get out of his plant with quickness in the one-on-one drills, and nice closing speed. Thomas had one of the best verticals at the camp, at around 33 inches.

I spoke with Thomas before UCLA had offered him, and he said that he didn't have a favorite. "If I had to choose, though, I'd probably pick Oregon State," he said. "They've been recruiting me, and I know their coaches. It'd only be because I know them and I don't know anyone else really."

His top five, he said, would be Oregon State, UCLA, USC, Colorado and Washington.

Schools that had offered scholarships are Cal, San Diego State, Utah State and Kansas – and now UCLA.

Thomas, collecting 68 tackles and 5 interceptions in his junior season, said he's been recruited mostly as a free safety, and that's primarily what he played last season. His senior season he expects he'll be utilized at more positions. "I think I'll be playing some running back and some wide receiver, too." Thomas did line up with the wide receivers at UCLA's one-day camp a couple of times and looked very good running routes.

He didn't say that he had a preference for staying close to home, in fact he might want to leave. "My mom wants me to get out of state, just to grow up and mature. But if I want to stay in California, she'll be fine with it."

He said he has a 3.1 GPA and failed to achieve a qualifying SAT score in his first attempt.


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