Lawton defensive tackle Ivan Thomas also known for his noodling skills

SUPER 30 — Ivan Thomas, who is committed to Texas Tech, started noodling when he was age 9 with his family. He became more of a country boy when he started hog hunting with his brother.
by Stephanie Kuzydym Published: July 3, 2013

“I taught myself,” he said with a slight smile.

His hand is bit by a catfish when he reaches into its mouth to dig it out from beneath a rock. It's his legs the hogs chase when he hasn't quite flipped it over and roped its legs.

“That's the only time in my life I've ever been scared,” Thomas said.

Despite the fun he has in individual sports, though, “I like football because it's a team sport.”

He's seems fine with the 15 pounds he added after the ACL injury that allowed him to become more of a defensive back.

“Now I can use my strength more,” he said, “but I'm also still pretty fast.”

He's hoping his senior season he will perform better and receive more offers.

He might be big 6-foot and 280 pounds, but Wolverines coach Randy Breeze said his biggest problem with Thomas is him “eating ice cream on the couch with his grandmother.”

“That's really not a bad problem to have,” Breeze said. “He's not one I have to worry about getting in trouble. He's a fine young man, never out on the streets. He's a true country boy.”

by Stephanie Kuzydym
Stephanie Kuzydym learned at a young age that life is a game of inches. That's just one reason why she loves football. Kuzydym joined The Oklahoman in July 2012. Before arriving in the state, Kuzydym was an intern for the sports departments at...
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The Oklahoman's Super 30

No. 25: Ivan Thomas

School: Lawton

Height: 6-0

Weight: 280

Position: Defensive tackle

Committed to: Texas Tech

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