Wednesday, January 9, 2013
S Ahmad Thomas ready to enroll at OU
By Bob Przybylo
He hasn’t been the most vocal Oklahoma commit, but three-star safety Ahmad Thomas (Miami/Central) is not going anywhere.
It was the case when he gave his pledge in May because of his tight relationship with Mike Stoops. It was the case when in-state schools tried to sway him during the summer.
Ahmad Thomas will have a chance to compete for the open safety spot in 2013.
And it was all sealed on his official visit to OU in November. That trip was his first look at the campus, but Thomas is about to get real familiar with Norman and the surrounding area pretty quickly.
Thomas is one of two high school commits expected to enroll at OU next week.
“I cannot wait. I’m so excited,” Thomas said. “I’m supposed to leave Jan. 13. This last week is just about taking care of some things and getting ready for what’s next.”
By enrolling early, what’s next for Thomas is hopefully getting a leg up on the competition. The OU secondary looks pretty depleted heading into 2013, especially at safety with junior Tony Jefferson entering the 2013 NFL draft.
Thomas, who is 6-foot and 195 pounds and ranked No. 56 at safety, fits in the mold of what OU defensive backs coach Mike Stoops wants in his defensive backs. He will help out in the run game, can cover and has natural instincts.
He also knows how to win. Thomas had 12 tackles in the championship game as Miami Central won the state championship last month.
“That’s what we came to do,” Thomas said. “We had a tough schedule to start the season, but all it did was make us stronger. I wanted to make a statement, and it was a great way to close out my career.”
Thomas got a glimpse of the next chapter last week at the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl in California. Thomas met fellow OU safety commit Hatari Byrd (Fresno, Calif./Central East) for the first time.
“He was real cool,” Thomas said. “Our personalities meshed well. It was a good time. We’re talking about rooming together.”
Thomas said he was pleased with his performance, pleased with how he fared on a big stage. It’s something he wants to get accustomed to doing.
“I wanted to show out on national TV and separate myself,” Thomas said. “I wanted to show how I’m a leader.
“This game was real important to me because I feel like I belonged in one of these games. I had earned the right to show what I can do.”
To go with Thomas, ESPN 150 defensive end D.J. Ward (Moore, Okla./Southmoore) is also enrolling early. Junior college products ESPN JC 100 defensive tackle Quincy Russell and punter Jed Barnett have both already signed their letters of intent and will arrive on campus this weekend, too.