40 time: 4.44 (L.A.'s fastest teen comp.), (4.35) school track
From: Oxnard, California
High School: Rio Mesa
"Last night when we were at dinner, Will Harris and I were talking and were saying that I am ranked the number one corner in California, and he is ranked the number one safety," explains Thomas. "We were thinking of how big a boost we could give to the USC defensive backfield if we both committed. So at the same time, we both stood up and announced that we were committing. Everyone got real excited - it was awesome. Averell Spicer also committed and I think Jason Gwaltney did, too. That Gwaltney guy is huge. He looks like he has been in a college program for a good two years."
Thomas had also visited Cal and was strongly considering the Bears, but says that he just felt better about USC in the end. "I mainly liked Cal for their academics. The campus was just okay and I did not feel too comfortable around the guys there. They also said that they would probably redshirt me because the coaches have three freshman defensive backs coming back that they feel real good about.
"At USC, I love the environment, the coaches, and the players. Plus, they only have three defensive backs coming back, period. The coaches have told us that if we are incoming defensive backs we had better expect to play. They will not redshirt us unless we get injured."
Thomas' parents also feel great about his future as a Trojan. "My parents love it because it is close to home and they like that at USC you get offered a life-long scholarship. Meaning that you can come back to it even after you play in the NFL and it is still going to do great things for you."
The Oxnard corner has set some lofty goals for himself upon his arrival on campus. "I am trying to start there - I mean business. The first game next year is going to be against Hawaii and they are a passing team so we will need a lot of defensive backs. I want to be on that field.
Thomas finished the year with 81 tackles and two interceptions. One was returned for a touchdown. On offense, he had 21 catches for 430 yards and five touchdowns. He also averaged around 50 yards on all four of his kickoff returns. One was returned 89 yards for a touchdown. "They only kicked to me four times all year. That is something else I am going to try to do in the future at USC. I want to be a returner."