October 6, 2010
Thomas Emerges on Sooner Radar
Through the years Lancaster, Texas has become quite well known for it's ability to produce top flight wide receivers and cornerbacks with at least a dozen players heading on to division one college programs. One thing that has been somewhat quiet is the program's ability to produce linemen on both sides of the ball and in the class of 2012 they feel they've got another one in offensive tackle Chris Thomas.
The 6-foot-4, 310-pound blocker has been hearing from much of the Big 12 and last weekend took in the annual Red River Rivalry match-up in the nearby Cotton Bowl.
"It was pretty fun, and it was interesting. I had a good time," the soft-spoken Thomas said.
So far Thomas' chief contact with Oklahoma has come from defensive assistants Brent Venables and Jackie Shipp. The two long-time Sooner coaches have been in touch with Thomas for quite some time along with most every program in the Big 12.
However it was the first game that Thomas had been invited to.
"I have mail from pretty much all of the Big 12 schools," he said. "It's an honor to have this happening to me.
"They just invited me to the game and that's pretty much been it so far."
While he hasn't had a chance to take in a game in Norman so far he has been keeping tabs on his friend, and former teammate, Demontre Hurst who has taken up a starting role for the Sooners. And though he didn't get a chance to play with Hurst during the Sooner cornerback's 2008 senior season he says that watching the Lancaster product on Saturday made him wonder about himself on the floor of the Cotton bowl.
"I do think about playing for one of those teams. (With Oklahoma) it would be very fun because I've never had the chance to play with (Hurst)," he explained.
For all of the talent Lancaster produces the team is now off to one of it's best starts in several years with a 5-0 beginning of the season and Thomas has been a big part of the team's success.
The good news for the team and those who will be recruiting him in both size and talent, Lancaster assistant coach Aaron Fletcher says that Thomas is still emerging as a player.
"He is such a good kid, and the thing is he is still growing. His grandmother is something like 6-foot-2," Fletcher almost laughingly confessed. "He is going to be a player."
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