December 12, 2007

Northwest C.C. 4-star outlines his plans

For One Ole Miss commitment things are starting to get a little clearer on the recruiting front.

All-State and all region performer Daniel Thomas committed to Ole Miss right after National Signing Day 2007.

The Rivals.com four star prospect didn't waste any time making his intentions known. A lot has happen since that day. Several schools have put pressure on Thomas to decommit, but even through a coaching change he has stayed pledged to the Rebels.

"Coach (Tony) Hughes came by Monday to see me," Thomas said. "I thought Coach Nutt was going to come by Tuesday but he called me early and told me that he would see me in the next week or so. I have spoken to him a couple of times this week, I feel much better about my pledge to Ole Miss."

Thomas was being recruited as a safety under the Ed Orgeron regime; Coach Nutt has taken a more open approach with the talented athlete.

"He told me that he sees a lot of Darren McFadden in me," Thomas said. "He wants to find ways for me to get my hands on the ball. I like that approach a lot."

Oklahoma made a strong push for Thomas through last month and put pressure on him to commit to the Sooners or perhaps lose his spot. According to Thomas he hasn't heard from Oklahoma lately.

"They have backed off some," Thomas said. "I have spoken to them in a couple of weeks or so. Kansas State has really come on strong. They sent their head coach in to see me last week and I will definitely take an unofficial visit up there."

It was reported that Thomas decommitted to the Rebels this week, something that Thomas said was a misunderstanding.

"I said I was a soft commitment to the Rebels," Thomas said. "I said I planned on taking other visits, I guess someone misunderstood what I said. I'm still committed to Ole Miss, but will keep my options open until I take my official visit in Oxford and get a chance to sit down and get to know Coach Nutt and his new staff better."

Thomas, a Florida native, explained why the Rebels might be a logical choice over a Big 12 school located in the Midwest.

"Playing in the SEC is huge for me," Thomas said. "Getting to invade the Swamp this upcoming season, a chance to play Florida on national television in front of my family and friends, that's a dream come true. It's a lot closer to home from Mississippi to Florida than it is anywhere in the Big 12. The weather is also a lot better."

Thomas rushed for 562 yards and six touchdowns during the 2007 season. He also completed 24-of-51 passes for 450 yards and two scores.

Thomas still has some work to do academically and is expected to graduate from NWCC in May or July.


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