BROKEN ARROW — 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.
“He's very intelligent, he's very good at what he does and he's getting bigger and stronger.”
Thomas had a breakout season as a sophomore in 2011, rushing for 1,775 yards and 22 touchdowns while splitting carries with Cameron Wren.
But his junior season was filled with bumps, as he missed the first four games for an unspecified reason and then was slowed by a torn meniscus that wasn't revealed until after the season. Still, he tallied 495 yards and seven touchdowns over Broken Arrow's last nine games in 2012.
All of those “situations” are behind Thomas now, Spavital said, noting he's been particularly impressed with the player's increased level of maturity and leadership during spring and summer workouts.
And Thomas has high expectations for himself. Now that he'll head into his senior campaign with the recruiting process over, he wants to finish his high school career with a 2,000-yard rushing season.
“There's no waiting on this last offer or anything, because I already have what I'm looking for,” he said. “All the pressure's off, so I can go out and play.”
No. 8: Devon Thomas
School: Broken Arrow
Position: Running back
Committed to: Oklahoma State (Dec. 15, 2012)