Sophomore or not, Deddrick Thomas is turning heads -- at several positions.
The versatile athlete from Memphis (Tenn.) Central has played quarterback, running back, receiver, cornerback and safety this season. Assistant coach Bryan Williams has seen it all in 2012.
"He's just that kid that has a lot of athletic ability and can do it all," Williams said. "Just to be a 10th grader [and play that well], that's not everyday at a 6A school."
Thomas is still laying out his college visit plans, and it figures to be near and far. Thomas doesn't have any scholarship offers yet but that figures to change following this season.
"A lot of schools have him on their boards, just waiting to see what he does this year," Williams said.
Williams said Thomas' athleticism, football awareness and skill are what separates him from other players. When asked what Thomas needs to work on, Williams said, "I think his conditioning is one thing he needs to understand. He's more than a one-way player. He runs good routes but he can perfect his route running a little bit and perfect his film study."
Thomas is currently 5-foot-9 and 170 pounds. With two more full seasons in high school before he goes to college, he figures to get much bigger.
"He really has a solid lower body already so when he grows he's going to thin out, but I think he'll be around 6-1 and 180 or 190," Williams said.