Oklahoma State football: After switching from OU to OSU, Broken Arrow's Devon Thomas focused on senior year

SUPER 30 — Devon Thomas, who is generally regarded as the state's best running back entering 2013 and rated a four-star prospect by Rivals, is a versatile all-purpose back who appears to fit the mold of former OSU star and All-Big 12 honoree Joseph Randle.
by Gina Mizell Published: July 20, 2013
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photo - TULSA UNION / HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Broken Arrow's Devon Thomas (center) runs downfield under pressure from Union's Blace Walser (left) and Chase Dahlquists (right) during the high school Class 6A state championship football game in Stillwater, Okla. on Thursday, December 1, 2011. MATT BARNARD/Tulsa World
TULSA UNION / HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Broken Arrow's Devon Thomas (center) runs downfield under pressure from Union's Blace Walser (left) and Chase Dahlquists (right) during the high school Class 6A state championship football game in Stillwater, Okla. on Thursday, December 1, 2011. MATT BARNARD/Tulsa World

— Devon Thomas admits now that he committed to Oklahoma in November without completely thinking things through.

“I just committed based on the name,” the Broken Arrow running back said last week. “I wasn't really paying attention to what would be best for me.”

Less than a month after pledging to the Sooners, he flipped to rival Oklahoma State. And now that he's solid on his college choice, the No. 8 player on The Oklahoman's Super 30 recruit rankings for 2014 can focus on having a resurgent senior season.

Thomas, who is generally regarded as the state's best running back entering 2013 and rated a four-star prospect by Rivals, is a versatile all-purpose back who appears to fit the mold of former OSU star and All-Big 12 honoree Joseph Randle.

The 5-11, 210-pound back can cut inside and bounce outside. He can burst through the hole and make defenders miss in the open field. He can catch the ball out of the backfield.

And he does it all while playing in a spread system similar to the Air Raid attack run in Stillwater.

“He's not just that little (back) that can't do (some) things,” Broken Arrow coach Steve Spavital said. “He's a bigger one that can do what a little guy can do. We utilize him quite a bit as far as catching the ball and moving him and trying to get him the ball in space. I think that's the biggest asset.

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by Gina Mizell
OSU Sports Reporter
Gina Mizell joined The Oklahoman in August of 2011 as the Oklahoma State beat writer, where she covered the Cowboys' historic run to the Big 12 championship and Fiesta Bowl in her first season on the job. Before arriving in Stillwater, Gina was...
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No. 8: Devon Thomas

School: Broken Arrow

Height: 5-11

Weight: 210

Position: Running back

Committed to: Oklahoma State (Dec. 15, 2012)

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