An L.A. Story for DeAnthony Thomas

The West's top prospect, DeAnthony Thomas from Los Angeles (Calif.) Crenshaw will likely choose from the two L.A. schools, USC and UCLA, and he talks about his recruitment and more...

Los Angeles (Calif.) Crenshaw's DeAnthony Thomas (5-10, 175), the West's top prospect in the 2011 class, and a top five player nationally, is enjoying all of the attention he's getting from around the country, but at heart, Thomas is a home body.

So it's no surprise that Thomas said that he's likely to remain in Los Angeles to play his college football.

That's good news for USC and UCLA, the schools that Thomas is sandwiched between.

"I think I'm going to stay down in L.A. for college," said Thomas. "It's pretty much USC and UCLA. I like both of them a lot. My mom wants me to stay in L.A. It's pretty much USC and UCLA and then everyone else."

While UCLA had a nice pipeline going with Crenshaw, USC changed that up in February when they signed Thomas' teammate, Hayes Pullard. The timing couldn't have worked out better for USC, who's hoping to make it two years in a row getting a Crenshaw prospect.

And USC has helped their cause in terms of where they're recruiting Thomas.

"USC offered me as a running back, and that's what I really want to play, so it makes it a little better for USC," said Thomas, who said that the Trojans were ahead of the Bruins. "UCLA offered me as an athlete, but I'm still cool with that. Whatever I can do to help."

Thomas started out being ranked as the top running back nationally, but saw it switch to cornerback. And several schools envision him as a lockdown, cover corner in college, which he's coming to terms with in a sense.

"It was tough at first being recruited as a corner, because in my mind I'm a running back," said Thomas. "Most schools want me as a DB though, so I'm just having to get used to it. But they still say I could get some carries, catch the ball and return kicks."

Thomas said he's planning to announce his decision at the U.S. Army All-American Game, and while he admits it will likely come down to the two Los Angeles schools, he's not entirely shutting the door on other options.

"I still want to take my five visits, and I'll probably visit just SEC schools," said Thomas.

Thomas went to UCLA's Spring Game last Saturday at the Rose Bowl and will be at USC's this Saturday at the Coliseum.

"UCLA's was pretty good, talking to the coaches and stuff," said Thomas. "I'm going up to SC's this weekend."

Thomas was named the DB MVP of the NFTC in Los Angeles this past weekend, despite initially not planning to work out, after nursing an injury. His plans for camps this summer are minimal.

"I'm playing at the 7on7 Nationals in Alabama and then just 7on7 with Crenshaw," said Thomas.


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