Coffeyville DT happy with Arkansas

Coming out of high school, current Coffeyville DT Robert Thomas (6-2, 320) signed with Arkansas, but he was unable to qualify and was sent to his current location to get things in order. Now, after redshirting in 2009, the talented lineman is set to re-sign with the Razorbacks, although he told recently he's open to hearing what other schools have to say…

Thomas prepped at Muskogee (Ok.) High School and signed with Arkansas for a number of reasons.

"The coaches, the atmosphere and their program, pretty much everything," Thomas said with a chuckle. "I just liked what was going on there and playing in the SEC, against the top players in the country every week, that's something you dream about."

When he was unable to qualify, the Razorback coaches pointed him in the direction of Coffeyville, a program that also faces off against some of the top JUCO talent in the country.

"The (Arkansas) coaches said they liked the program they had here and that I would do well and get qualified to go," Thomas said. "I got here and last year I redshirted, so this year I'm looking forward to getting after it. I wanted to play last year, but I also wanted to get to (Arkansas) with three years of eligibility, so that was what was best for me."

This season, Thomas said he's poised to play the three-tech spot for the Red Ravens and is ready to showcase his talents.

"Spring ball has gone well," Thomas said. "I'll play anywhere, but it looks like I'll be at the three and possibly play some nose (tackle) too. I don't care, I just want to get out there and hit again. That's what I'm looking forward to the most."

While Thomas maintains he is firmly committed Arkansas, that still hasn't stopped schools like Auburn, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State from contacting him this spring.

"They all know I'm committed, but I'll listen to what any school has to say," Thomas said. "It would take a lot for me to decide to go somewhere else and I really love Arkansas, but I won't tell anyone to ‘leave me alone' or anything like that."

Thomas is on pace to finish his AA degree in December and, as mentioned above, he'll have three years to play three following the season.

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