Thomas Will Have Own Mind

One of the fastest, multi-talented players in the west, Rancho Cucamonga safety Terrell Thomas, was expected by many to follow a former teammate to another Pac-10 school, but Thomas is weighing all of his options...

Terrell Thomas, 6-0, 180, 4.35, Etiwanda (Calif.) Rancho Cucamonga, had been expected to join close friend and former high school teammate, Josh Davies, at Oregon State for some time. Especially since the Beavers were the first school to offer Thomas before he even started his junior season.

But Thomas says he has gotten some sound advise from his friend. "Josh says I should just do my thing and whatever happens, just go where I want to be," Thomas said. "Don't come up here just because I'm going to be up here."

Then there was Thomas' performance at the Los Angeles Nike camp. He got to show off his speed and talent as a defensive back. He said, "It really gave me a lot of recognition. It seems that everybody has picked it (recruitment) up like Colorado, USC, UCLA, Oregon State, Arizona, Arizona State, Washington, Fresno State and Utah State. I am getting so much mail every day." So far Thomas has received offers from USC, UCLA, Oregon State, Cal, San Diego State, Kansas, Washington State, Utah State and New Mexico State. In addition to Nike, Thomas also attended the UCLA and USC one-day camps.

When asked to name his top schools Thomas said, "It's kind of hard. I don't have a top five because I like a lot of schools and a lot of things have changed. Because at first I really didn't have that many schools looking at me, but all of a sudden a lot schools have been looking at me. I really have a top ten. In no particular order it would be USC, UCLA, Oregon State, Oregon, Washington, Washington State, Colorado, Cal, Michigan and Arizona."

Another difficult decision is where Thomas will play. "On offense I'll be playing running back, wide receiver, and some quarterback just on option plays. I'll be splitting time at running back, and I'll be starting at wide receiver. I was originally a running back when I came into high school. I prefer to play both offense and defense. I want to be recruited as a running back and a safety. I love offense because you can score, and I love defense because you get to hit. Most of the time defense saves the game. If I get asked by college coaches I tell them I want to be recruited as an athlete."

Even on defense his position is not settled. "Most schools are recruiting me on defense to play safety, but because of my speed and height they also mention the possibility of me playing corner."

He is already working hard preparing for his senior season. "For the past week I've been working out everyday. We scrimmage a little bit each day at a local junior college and then go to a nearby gym and lift for an hour. It started with a couple of us and as each day goes by we have more teammates joining us. My team officially starts practice on August 21."

Thomas also has one very close supporter who will be assisting him in choosing the best school for him. "My mom is interested in getting the background information on the schools, like who is going to be playing there, the coaching staffs, the security of the head coach. She is open to where I want to go, but she is still going to be my second opinion."

Thomas has completed the core classes required by the NCAA Clearinghouse. He will be taking the September SAT.

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