Thomas is a versatile defensive back

When players are looking to move on to the next level, the versatility they offer a coaching staff can make the difference in whether they fit in or not. Fresno City DB Phillip Thomas (5-10, 175) is a player who can play several positions in the secondary and he's got some four-year schools interested in what he has to offer.

"I can play safety or corner, I feel comfortable playing both," Thomas told recently. "They played me at free safety this year, but I played some nickel and over the slot a lot too.

"I actually tackle pretty well for a guy my size. I like to come up and support the run and make plays when the ball is in the air."

He finished the 2007 season with 65 tackles, 12 passes defensed, one interception and one forced fumble.

On the recruiting front, Thomas is currently hearing from some D-1AA schools as well as one D-1 program.

"San Jose State just recently started getting in touch with me," Thomas said. "Northern Arizona, Kent STate, UC Davis and Cal Poly are the other ones that have been after me.

"I'm pretty much open to playing whatever a school wants me to play and most of them are looking at me as a cornerback."

Thomas graduates in May and will have three years to play two wherever he ends up.

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