Sooner Intel: Recruiting news and notes 

May, 24, 2012
Every Thursday, SoonerNation releases the Sooner Intel, a sneak peek inside Oklahoma Sooners football recruiting with news and notes on the latest happenings around the program. Talk about it on our forum. A few things discussed in this week's update:

• More with the Sooners' latest two commits
• One of OU's top defensive targets might be moving up his commitment date
• Will OU take another quarterback in the class of 2013?
• The Sooners are on the outside looking with a 2013 defensive tackle
• A 2014 linebacker to watch at an in-state powerhouse

Read the Sooner Intel after the jump.

Sooners get their quarterback

Four-star quarterback Cody Thomas (Colleyville, Texas/Heritage), who committed to the Sooners last week, had no idea what the recruiting process would be like.

He got an early indication following his sophomore season. Despite not starting at the varsity level, Thomas received an offer from Arkansas.

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Cody Thomas will likely play football and baseball for the Sooners.

“Arkansas came out last spring and watched me before I had ever stepped on the field for a varsity game,” he said. “Obviously everything snowballed after this season. But before Arkansas, I didn’t realize what my future could be like.”

Thomas hopes he can see a positive OU experience this season. He has attended two OU games and the Sooners have lost both of them, including last season’s home debacle against Texas Tech.

“I really want to see an OU win, "he said. "I’ve had a great time at both games, but watching a victory is a lot different."

There are going to be lingering questions about Thomas and baseball. He is a highly-touted outfield prospect. But as a quarterback, the natural assumption is that he would be a pitcher.

As a pitcher, his draft stock would most likely rise. But Thomas simply doesn’t care -- he enjoys playing the outfield.

“No, that’s not important to me,” Thomas said. “I’ll have to see what happens. Not many people can say they’re playing QB at OU.

“When I was younger, I pitched. I was playing against older kids. Then when they hit their growth spurt, they started pitching, and I didn’t throw anymore. I don’t need to pitch. I’m happy doing what I’m doing.”

Mike Stoops closes deal with Ahmad Thomas

Strong safety Ahmad Thomas (Miami/Central) had to do a double take last week.

“Is that really OU coach Mike Stoops in the office wanting to talk to me?" Thomas asked himself. "I was shocked.”

But two days later he is not second-guessing his decision to make a surprise commitment to the Sooners on Tuesday night, becoming OU’s eighth commitment for the 2013 class.

There's a simple reason for Thomas' infatuation with the Sooners: He was blown away by OU's defensive coordinator's recruiting pitch.

“Defensively, this is going to be an awesome opportunity. I clicked immediately with coach Mike Stoops,” Thomas said. “In my mind, he is the best defensive coordinator in the country. When I heard he was going back to coach with his brother, I knew good things would happen.”

Thomas had offers from Notre Dame, Auburn, North Carolina State and Florida State, among several others. He also said his other favorites were Ohio State and USC, but the Sooners came by first.

He said he liked the honesty of Stoops and the coach's plan for him.

“One of my biggest questions was how are they going to use me? He said nothing is going to change,” Thomas said. “I’m going to be a strong safety, going to be out in coverage and will be put in the box to help out against the run. It’s exactly what I’m doing now.”

Thought he committed to Oklahoma without visiting the campus, Thomas is hopeful he can visit this summer. And even though he had an offer from the Seminoles, Florida State never crossed his mind.

“You know, living in Miami, you don’t like the Seminoles. It’s all about the Hurricanes down here,” said Thomas, who also said he's not a University of Miami fan. “You cheer for Florida State, you got to get out. No, seriously, it was a great opportunity, but I’m so excited about getting a chance to play for OU.”

Bester the best option for OU

The commitment of Ahmad Thomas was surprising, but at least Thomas was on the radar having been offered the week before.

Nobody saw junior college prospect LaColtan Bester (Scooba, Miss./East Mississippi CC) as a potential Sooner until he announced on Twitter he had committed on Saturday afternoon.

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