Newcomer Profile - Jubal Thomas

Junior college transfer Jubal Thomas hopes to add a deep threat to the Mountaineer offense this fall.


WR, 6-1, 180 lbs., 4.4

Los Angeles Harbor (Calif.) C.C. – Culver City, Calif.

Caught 33 passes for 746 yards and nine touchdowns for coach Steve Schmitz.

"He's a downtown receiver. He catches the ball and gets up the field," said Schmitz. "He can just flat out run. He catches the ball anywhere, in a crowd, in the open field. He's the kind of receiver that everyone looks for. He had a 99-yard touchdown reception this year, and he was neck and neck with the defender when he caught the ball. By the time he crossed the goal line, he was 15 yards in front."

Also returned a kickoff for a touchdown, after which opposing teams kicked away from him … third California juco receiver in last two years to attend WVU … follows other west coast juco products Derrick Smith and Aaron Neal to West Virginia.

Attended Culver City High, where he was Bay League player of the year for coach Tom Salter … 56 catches for 1,100 yards and 10 scores in his senior season at Culver City.

"He'll put on 15 pounds easily," Schmitz said. "He has broad shoulders, and he is bigger than what he first appears when you look at him."

Also a basketball and sprint letterman in high school … spent his freshman season at El Camino Community College before coming to LA Harbor for his sophomore year, where he blossomed under the tutelage of assistant coach Wayne Vanderleest … Vanderleest is a former Division I-A assistant, and his mentoring, coupled with Thomas' talent, made a tough combination to stop … California, West Virginia and LSU all put scholarship offers on the table, but the Mountaineers won the recruiting battle.

"I fell in love with the people in West Virginia," Thomas said of his visit to the WVU campus. "The coaches were great. It was the first time I had been that far east, but it was great. I was looking to get away from home to go to college. I like the style of play on offense, too."

Will be a junior when he enrolls at West Virginia this fall … was a second-team all-Western State Conference selection in 2002 … will study sport management at WVU … son of Carol King and Alvin and Susan Thomas.

What Rich Rodriguez says: "We started Jubal very late. He's probably the fastest guy we signed in this year's class, maybe faster than any guy we've signed since I've been here. He'll probably have a chance to help us immediately if he learns the system. He's going to try to get here in the summer and get a head start on things. We looked for a guy or two to help us right away in the receiving corps, and we think Jubal can do that."

What Herb Hand says: "We started Jubal, literally, in late January. I know a coach out there, and I called him up about some other kids, and while I was talking to him, he told me about Jubal. I told him I would love to see some film. He FedExed the video to us. We got it on a Saturday, looked at it, got Jubal on the phone that day and offered him a scholarship. It was whizbang. He was getting a late push from California and LSU and Oklahoma. They all saw what we did, a kid who can really run. He's very similar to Travis Garvin in terms of physique."

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