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Thursday, May 17, 2012
Sooners take a chance on Cody Thomas

By Brandon Chatmon

The commitment of Cody Thomas (Colleyville, Texas/Heritage) is a huge get for quarterbacks coach Josh Heupel and Oklahoma.

Thomas has tremendous physical ability, combining solid passing skills with above average athleticism. He fits the mold of the athletic, run-pass threats the Sooners have pursued in recent recruiting classes. A four-star prospect, his long-term upside is among the highest in this class of quarterback recruits.

Colleyville Heritage High School football
Cody Thomas might have a future in baseball, but for now he's an Oklahoma quarterback commit.
The Sooners have been very diligent in their evaluation of quarterback prospects for 2013 and it is clear Heupel considered Thomas the best uncommitted quarterback of the bunch over the past few weeks.

Since the beginning of the recruiting process, the Sooners have taken a “greatness or bust” approach. They have been stingy with their offers at the position, offering Max Browne (Sammamish, Wash./Skyline) before he committed to USC and Tyrone Swoopes (Whitewright, Texas/Whitewright) before he committed to Texas.

After losing out on both prospects, the Sooners offered Thomas. They were actively recruiting other prospects but were candid about their offer process and refused to offer anyone just to make sure they have at least one quarterback in this class.

Yet, even with Thomas commitment, there’s still a risk the Sooners end up without a quarterback on national signing day in 2013. Thomas is a terrific baseball player and could be selected in the MLB draft in June 2013 and if he were to chose professional baseball, the Sooners after left without a true freshman quarterback on campus heading into the 2013 season.

That speaks to Heupel’s belief in the young quarterbacks already in the program.

Sophomore Blake Bell has already made an impact with the "Belldozer" package and showed signs of great progress as a passer this spring. Redshirt freshman Kendal Thompson is a dynamic runner and athlete who has time to develop as a passer. And February signee Trevor Knight has great upside for the future.

So even if Thomas never ends up in an OU uniform, it appears the Sooners have multiple options at quarterback for 2013 and beyond.