The biggest questionmark about such a commitment is his potential professional baseball career. Thomas (whose highlight video can be seen above) will likely be drafted next summer.
Just last year, OU dealt with a similar situation when Broken Arrow’s Archie Bradley was drafted No. 7 overall by the Arizona Diamondbacks. He was signed with OU on a baseball scholarship, but planned to play football as well. However, after being drafted, he chose the professional baseball route.
Thomas sounds firmly committed to being a Sooner, but who knows at this point what he’ll do if/when he is drafted?
Either way, OU is set up pretty good for the future at quarterback. Sophomore Blake Bell looked strong in April’s spring game and seems, at least for the time being, like the favorite to succeed Landry Jones for the 2013 season.
Junior Drew Allen is, of course, still in the mix. The back-up QB job hasn’t officially been made Bell’s, and it was Allen who shined brighter than Bell in the 2011 spring game.
Kendal Thompson, the Southmoore product who redshirted last season and is the son of former OU star Charles Thompson, has earned the respect and praise of his teammates but is a longshot to beat out Bell or Allen next season.
Then, of course, there’s Trevor Knight, the dual-threat true-freshman-to-be from San Antonio who was the nation’s No. 6-ranked quarterback prospect, according to Rivals.
Knight (6-foot-3, 195 pounds) threw for 27 touchdowns and just three interceptions during his senior season, and also rushed for 943 yards and 15 scores.
Oklahoma clearly feels OK about taking a risk that Thomas will bolt for baseball, and that says a lot about what the Sooners coaches think of Bell, Allen, Thompson and Knight.
Thomas chose the Sooners over offers from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, LSU, Notre Dame, Oklahoma State, Oregon and TCU.
The 6-foot-5, 220 pounder threw for 3,496 yards, 36 touchdowns and 15 interceptions as a junior last season.