Athletic CB trips to Pullman this weekend

WASHINGTON STATE is looking for corners this recruiting class with the two starters from the '06 team graduating. They also wouldn't mind getting a player who can make an impact in the kickoff return game. One prep prospect who could fit both roles is Jermaine Thomas out of Duarte, Calif., just outside of Pasadena. The 5-11, 170-pounder with 4.43 speed takes an official visit to WSU this weekend.

Besides Washington State, Thomas holds offers from Fresno State, Nebraska, Utah, Kansas, Nevada and others. Assistant Mike Walker is running the recruiting point for the Cougars.

"He's tremendous, I like coach Walker a lot -- he's an approachable coach and up front," said Thomas.

Thomas said three schools are recruiting the hardest right now.

"Fresno State, Washington State and Colorado State," said Thomas. "I love all these teams, I have high interest in all three of them. Fresno State might have an edge right now but that's because I've been there."

Comfort factor and playing time will influence his decision, said Thomas.

"I'd like to play as soon as possible, the only team that's really talking about me playing right away is Fresno State, that I have a good chance to play my first year," he said.

THE BOOK on Thomas is that of an athletic, explosive corner with advanced man-to-man coverage skills.

"(Schools) tell me that I move well and they live my athleticism," he said. "I'm a cover corner."

"I coached Husain Abdullah and Eric Shyne, and he's way more athletic than either of those guys were," says Duarte assistant coach John Brown. "This kid is the real deal."

THIS SEASON Thomas picked off eight passes and racked up 56 tackles. He returned five for scores through punts, kickoffs and interceptions and was an all-purpose yardage machine. He hauled in 50 receptions for 1,160 yards and 14 TDs while rushing for another 347 yards on 27 carries with two scores.

He was named All-Area on defense for his efforts by the San Gabriel Valley Tribune.

One or two schools have mentioned the possibility of playing receiver but most others, including Washington State, see Thomas' future at corner.

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