- Brandon Chatmon, ESPN Staff Writer
Leading up to signing day, SoonerNation will take a closer look at the Class of 2013 prospects currently committed to Oklahoma. The in-depth analysis pieces will take a look at the ranking, estimated year of impact and potential role of each future Sooner.
Vitals: Quarterback Cody Thomas (Colleyville, Texas/Heritage) | 6-foot-5, 220 pounds
Committed: May 17, 2012
ESPN.com grade: 83
ESPN.com rankings: No. 178 in ESPN 300, No. 13 quarterback: pocket passer, No. 26 in Midlands region, No. 23 in Texas
Picked OU over: Florida, Arkansas, Auburn, Notre Dame, Oregon, Oklahoma State and others
State of the position: OU has several talented quarterbacks already on the roster and set to compete to replace Landry Jones in 2013. The Sooners don’t need Thomas to come in and compete immediately.
Pros: “Thomas is one of the best pro-style passers this class has to offer and is also a deceptively good athlete to boot. Physically looks like a college player in terms of measurables and has a really nice feel for the game. Possesses elite size and bulk at this stage.” - ESPN scouting report
Cons: “There is so much to like about Thomas physically, but he also has a low release point -- Phillip Rivers-like at times. Slightly pushes the ball. Does not always look like he is getting the power he is capable of -- as if he is aiming the ball to some degree.” - ESPN scouting report
Similar to/potential role: Nobody. The Sooners have never really had a starting quarterback with the traits of Thomas, although each quarterback now on the roster has similar traits. Best-case scenario is Thomas becoming an run-pass threat who can hurt defenses with his arm and legs.
Expected impact: 2015. Thomas should be ready to compete for a job as early as 2014, so it will all depend on the success of OU’s current starter. As a two-sport player who stars on the diamond as well as the gridiron, it’s tough to expect Thomas to insert himself in the race to replace Jones. Yet he could be the most talented quarterback on campus in a year or two thanks to his prototypical size, terrific arm and underrated athleticism.
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