Plymouth receiver drawing plenty of attention

Devin Thomas may be among the state's top pass catchers. But the 6-foot-2, 200-pound senior wide receiver/running back for Canton Plymouth wouldn't mind getting more passes his way.

But opposing defensive backfields might object to such a prospect.

Last year, on only 13 catches, Thomas had 276 yards for an impressive 21.3 yards per reception. He rushed for 394 yards and had 12 touchdowns.

But it's as a wide receiver where Thomas expects to have a bright college future. He's been contacted by Wisconsin, Indiana and Maryland and also, in Michigan, by Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan and Western Michigan.

"I'm excited over the prospect of playing college football," Thomas said. "Football has been a major part of my daily routine for a long time."

Thomas' pass catching potential has improved his college football potential.

"With my height, at 6-2, I have a nice vertical leap of 33 inches. My route technique is good," Thomas said. "I can get up and after the ball. I'm a big-play guy."

But all areas of his pass-receiving game can stand improvement, he said.

"I have good technique and I can usually get open," Thomas said. "My hand-eye coordination is pretty good. I can potentially be a better blocker down field."

Thomas expects to have his hands on the ball at key times for Canton Plymouth.

"Coach is trying to figure out how to get my hands on the ball more," Thomas said. "We're still basically a running team."

For Thomas, the sky could be the limit this season.

"I feel I've improved a lot confidence wise," he said. "Last year was my first year on the varsity. I feel my leadership role has increased. I can improve a lot. I'm stronger and faster."

And Thomas expects to play a key role for a state championship contending team.

"We're going to be strong," he said. "We have a lot of juniors returning as starters. And we have a lot of guys back from last year who are waiting for their chance to shine."

Thomas figures on having his chance to shine for Canton Plymouth this season and beyond that.

"I still need to take my ACTs and get my grades organized," he said. "I'll decide where I'll go at the end of the year."

Canton Plymouth coach Tim Baechler said Thomas' versatility will made him attractive for potential colleges.

"We'll play him everywhere," Baechler said. "We'll see him at running back too."

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