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Friday, November 2, 2012
2014 DB Thomas wants to play out of state

By William Wilkerson

Junior defensive back Jordan Thomas (Klein, Texas/Collins) has lived in Texas his entire life, and he’s looking to experience something new when he goes to college.

“And I hate the weather here,” Thomas said. “I can’t stand it.”

Put two and two together and the Longhorns would have their hands full if they decide to pursue the 6-foot-1, 175 pounder, who doubles as a wide receiver.

Thomas did attend one of the Longhorns’ mini camps over the summer, one of three camps he took part in along with LSU and Stanford.

“Facility-wise it was amazing. But I’m not too sure if they are talking to me,” Thomas said. “And I don’t know if I want to go to an in-state school. If it comes to that then of course I wouldn’t have a problem going to an in-state school.”

That’s not a knock on Texas by any means. Thomas has nothing but good things to say about the Longhorns and their coaching staff.

“The coaches are great. I love all the coaches. And the camp was actually really, really good,” he said. “I learned tons that I still use to this day. It was great, nothing bad about it.”

It’s just his personal preference to go out of state.

Thomas currently has one offer, from Utah, which he received before the season began. He’d really like to hear more from Stanford and Northwestern, two schools known for the academics.

“I always want to have not necessarily a fallback, but football might not work out so I need a good education,” he said. “I’m hearing from Stanford a little. I’m not sure with Northwestern. I haven’t been checking all my mail because of school.”

Thomas is getting recruited as a defensive back, specifically at cornerback, which happens to be what he’d prefer to play.

“I prefer defense because it’s more trying to me,” he said. “Scoring touchdowns, the ball is supposed to come to you. It’s a lot better when the ball is not coming to you. You just do what you do and make a play. It’s more exciting to me.”

Thomas has shown that he can be a dynamic receiver as well. He has hauled in 22 catches for 414 yards and five touchdowns this season.