New Leader for Juco Wideout

A junior college wide receiver has the Mountaineers on the top of his list as signing day approaches.

LA Harbor College has sent several wide receivers to top Division I programs over the past few years, and they figure to add to that list with wide receiver Jubal Thomas.

The speedy wideout visited West Virginia last weekend and now has the Mountaineers at the top of his list.

"I liked it a lot," the low key Thomas said on Monday. "It was a realy homey atmosphere. The coaches, the players and the people were all really friendly."

Thomas burst onto the California juco scene at LA Harbor this year after spending his freshman season at El Camino, another California junior college. Thomas recorded a 99-yard touchdown reception this year, and became the go-to receiver in Harbor's spread attack.

Thomas has the ability to get the ball in a crowd and make a play after catching the ball, which is a trait the Mountaineer coaching staff has been looking for in their pass catchers. In addition to those talents, Thomas credits a pair of abilities - one natural and one developed - for his success on the field.

"My speed and my ability to read defenses are probably my strongest traits," Thomas analyzed. "I will go anywhere to catch the ball."

Although WVU has the lead for Thomas, the battle isn't over yet. He is scheduled to visit LSU this weekend, and has already visited the University of California. Those two schools, along with West Virginia, make up his top three. Thomas said that his decision could go all the way down until signing day.

"I like West Virginia a lot. It's the first time I've been that far East, but it was nice. I still have some time before signing day, so I'm going to take my visits before I make my final decision."

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