“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.”
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The Oklahoman's Super 30
No. 25: Ivan Thomas
Position: Defensive tackle
Committed to: Texas Tech