Friday, February 1, 2013
Sooner Snapshot: DB Ahmad Thomas
By Brandon Chatmon
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: Safety Ahmad Thomas (Miami, Fla./Central) | 6-foot-0, 195 pounds
Committed: May 22, 2012
ESPN.com grade: 75
ESPN.com rankings: No. 57 safety, No. 438 in the Southeast region, No. 160 in Florida
Picked OU over: Florida State, Auburn, Notre Dame, West Virginia and others
Ahmad Thomas might be better in run support than coverage, but he'll get a chance to show both in spring ball.
State of the position: OU badly needs impact safeties to arrive on campus before fall camp begins. Thomas should get ample opportunities to prove himself ready to play immediately, particularly since he’s already enrolled and will participate in spring practice.
Pros: “Thomas is a good looking safety prospect from a physical standpoint, and he has a well-rounded skill-set when projecting for the college level. Very well-built with good height and length to continue filling out to the 200-pound range.” -- ESPN scouting report
Cons: “We do question his man-to-man ability at the next level and feel he is better in zone schemes closing on the ball in front of him, as opposed to flipping his hips.” -- ESPN scouting report
Similar to/potential role:Tony Jefferson. Much like Jefferson, Thomas is terrific in the run game and making plays around the line of scrimmage. Mike Stoops’ defense uses safeties to make plays around the line of scrimmage, and Thomas appears to be a good fit for the system.
Expected impact: 2013. OU needs him to play immediately, and Thomas appears ready to make an impact. He might not start, but he could earn time in the secondary while being a contributor on special teams, thanks to his willingness to be physical and his overall athleticism.