Oklahoma Sooners: Matthew Thomas

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January, 3, 2013
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Black Team offense

Quarterback: Christian Hackenberg (Penn State)

Running back: Alvin Kamara

Receiver: Alvin Bailey (Florida), Robert Foster (Alabama), Damore'ea Stringfellow (Washington)

Tight end: O.J. Howard (Alabama)

Offensive tackle: Darius James (Texas), Denver Kirkland

Offensive guard: Grant Hill (Alabama), Joas Aguilar (Texas A&M)

Center: Hunter Bivin (Notre Dame)

Captains: Kelvin Taylor, Hunter Bivin, Robert Nkemdiche, Ben Boulware

Black Team defense

Defensive end: Robert Nkemdiche, Elijah Daniel

Defensive tackle: Greg Gilgmore (LSU), Kennedy Tulimasealii (Hawaii)

Inside linebacker: Ben Boulware (Clemson)

Outside linebacker: Alex Anzalone (Notre Dame), Matthew Thomas

Safety: Keanu Neal (Florida), Leon McQuay III

Cornerback: Vernon Hargreaves III (Florida), Tarean Folston (Notre Dame)

Black Team special teams

Long snapper: Tyler Kluver (Iowa)

Kicker/punter: Sean Covington (UCLA)

White Team offense

Quarterback: Kevin Olsen (Miami)

Running back: Keith Ford (Oklahoma)

Receiver: Laquon Treadwell, Ryan Green (Florida State), Jalin Marshall (Ohio State)

Tight end: Hunter Henry (Arkansas)

Offensive tackle: Derwin Gray (Maryland), Dorian Johnson (Pittsburgh)

Offensive guard: Patrick Kugler (Michigan), David Dawson (Michigan)

Center: Scott Quessenberry (UCLA)

White Team defense

Defensive end: Carl Lawson (Auburn), Joey Bosa (Ohio State)

Defensive tackle: Henry Poggi (Michigan), Kelsey Griffin (South Carolina)

Inside linebacker: Reuben Foster, Yannick Ngakoue

Outside linebacker: Trey Johnson

Safety: Max Redfield, Antonio Conner

Cornerback: Gareon Conley (Ohio State), Shaq Wiggins (Georgia)

White Team special teams

Long snapper: Brendan Turelli

Kicker: Ryan Santoso (Minnesota)

Punter: Shane Tripucka

Captains: Ryan Green, Hunter Henry, Patrick Kugler, Reuben Foster
One glimpse at the highlight tape of Ahmad Thomas (Miami/Central) makes it easy to see the physical traits which piqued the interest of Oklahoma.

The safety prospect committed to the Sooners on Tuesday, becoming the program’s eighth commitment for the class of 2013. At 6-foot, 195 pounds, Thomas should bring good size and an aggressive streak to OU’s defensive backfield.

Yet, maybe even more importantly, Thomas represents another successful pilgrimage into the Miami area for the Sooners. Running back commit Greg Bryant (Delray Beach, Fla./American Heritage-Boca-Delray) lives roughly an hour north of Miami.

Bob Przybylo breaks down the most recent OU offers for the class of 2013:

• In Oklahoma’s two junior days, the Sooners hosted several wide receivers from the state of Texas. OU only offered one in Jacorey Warrick (Houston/Cypress Falls). Warrick eventually committed to the Longhorns.

As junior day recruits such as Quan Jones (Wylie, Texas/East) and Eldridge Massington (Mesquite, Texas/West) continue to pile up top offer after top offer, the Sooners still have not extended their offer.


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