- Bob Przybylo, Reporter, RecruitingNation
For all the talk from some Oklahoma fans about the Sooners lack of attention to in-state prospects, there is definitely one recruit the OU coaches have not neglected.
Sophomore running back Devon Thomas (Broken Arrow, Okla./Broken Arrow) has become a familiar face on OU’s campus, and the coaches are making sure that doesn’t change. Thomas was offered by the Sooners in February, attended one of OU’s junior days and will also be on hand for the Red-White spring game Saturday.
Thomas, 5-foot-11 and 190 pounds during his sophomore season, rushed for 1,775 yards with 22 touchdowns. He averaged 9.9 yards per carry against the highest classification of competition in Oklahoma.
SoonerNation: You already have the OU and Oklahoma State offers, but have you been hearing from more schools here in the last month?
Devon Thomas: Yeah, a lot more schools are starting to send me letters. I got one from Texas, which sort of shocked me. I’m also hearing a lot from Illinois, Iowa State and Kansas State. It has been busy, but it has been fun.
SN: You’ve mentioned how good your relationship is with OU running backs coach Cale Gundy. How have things progressed there?
Thomas: Things are going great. We are very close. I can tell how much he cares about me as a person and not just as an athlete. Every time I call him, he makes sure to talk with both of my parents and see how things are going.
SN: When was the last time you’ve spoken to Gundy?
Thomas: It was actually Thursday (April 5). We were just checking in and making sure things were going OK. I was invited to the spring game, and I’m excited about going to that.
SN: Besides OU’s spring game, are there any other games that you are looking to see?
Thomas: I’m hoping to go to Oklahoma State’s spring game, too. Right now those are the two teams I really like a lot. They each have things that really make them stand out.
SN: Any chance you’ll name a favorite?
Thomas: No, not yet. It’s too early. I want to see a lot more games of both teams. I still have two years, and I want to see what happens in these two years.
SN: What are you hoping to get out of Saturday’s spring game?
Thomas: I want to get to know the coaches better and keep improving my relationships with them. I also want to watch the offense and see how I might fit in.
SN: After a great sophomore season, what have you been working on heading into the spring?
Thomas: Catching and blocking. I want to be a better receiver out of the backfield and bigger threat to make things happen. I just want to become a better all-around player.
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