A Family Affair for Thomas

Strong family ties connect Crenshaw's DeAnthony Thomas to the Trojans.

It's all about family for Los Angeles Crenshaw RB/DB DeAnthony Thomas, his family and now the Trojan family.

With his God-brother, Santa Ana Mater Dei WR Victor Blackwell, verbally committing to USC, Thomas decided to do the same.

"Me and my mom just sat down, you know, and got the pressure off my back. Now I just got to worry about school," Thomas said.

DeAnthony Thomas is Scout's top rated cornerback in the 2011 class.
While he plans on taking official visits, already setting up a trip to Washington on Sept. 18, Thomas' close relationship with several incoming Trojan players and recruits makes him unlikely to change his mind.

"We are all like family, you know. Me, Max Wittek, Victor, Robert Woods, D.J. Morgan, Antwaun Woods, we're just like a big family," he said.

"We talk every day about our Trojan business and just have fun."

Now that Thomas knows where he's going to play in college, there is the little matter of figuring out what position he will play.

Thomas carried Crenshaw to a 14-1 record as a running back, but his future could be at cornerback, where he stood out at the recent AIGA Memorial 7-on-7 Tournament.

"A lot of my coaches say I can stay in the league longer at corner and I can make more money," Thomas said.

He has given some thought to playing both ways, as 1997 Heisman Trophy winner Charles Woodson did.

"Yeah, I'm thinking about it. I want to win the Heisman, but not many defensive players (get recognized), so I know it's going to be real hard. I just got to work hard at it. Hopefully, I'll get my opportunity."

In the meantime, Thomas is focused on another successful season for the Cougars and finally claiming a CIF state title, something that has eluded the City Section in the four years since the bowl system was implemented.

"The bowls, they kind of dogged us out a little bit, but it's all good," he said. "Hopefully they vote us back in because we're going to be back and win the city title."

Jordan Payton, Victor Blackwell and DeAnthony Thomas at the AIGA 7-on-7 Tournament.

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