- Greg Ostendorf, ESPN Staff Writer
ESPN Watch List running back Racean Thomas may be close to a decision, but he’s not letting it become a distraction. Last Friday, Thomas rushed for 172 yards and four touchdowns, all in the first half, as Oxford (Ala.) High School won its fourth straight game.
His recent play has led to more accolades and more schools that have started to show interest. Thomas was nominated for this year's Gatorade Player of the Year in the state of Alabama, and he also earned an invitation to the 2014 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
In recruiting, he’s started hearing from new schools like Michigan and Notre Dame, and he says the interest has picked up from Florida State recently.
However, nothing’s really changed as one school still stands out above the rest.
“On my decision, it’s really pretty much the same with the top team,” Thomas said. “When will I do it? I really don’t know about that.
“I’m just trying to sit back and watch everything because I know I have another year. I see some of these guys when they decommit and go to another school. The coaches tell those guys they didn’t lose any trust in them, but really it’s like, ‘we just lost a big commit.’ ”
On Saturday, Thomas watched as Alabama dismantled Missouri on the road. He was impressed with the Crimson Tide’s running backs, Eddie Lacy and T.J. Yeldon. Both backs rushed for well over 100 yards on the ground.
“They made some great plays,” Yeldon said. “With those two, they really had a lot of yards after contact. They broke tackles and stuff, made cuts and made people miss.”
Thomas plans to be back in Tuscaloosa, Ala., next weekend when Alabama hosts Mississippi State. He says he also might try to catch a game at Florida or Georgia sometime this fall.
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