“He was only 14 years old,” Svoboda said. “But we knew ability-wise he could do it and intellectually he could handle it. We needed to solidify that corner spot, and he filled that need for the team.”
Thomas ended up playing virtually every non-lineman position on both offense and defense — including quarterback — for Klein Collins throughout his prep career.
“I prefer defense,” Thomas said. “I feel like it’s a lot more exciting and a lot more challenging. I feel like if you play defense, you can play any other position.
“Because I’ve played so many positions, I learned the game from every angle.”
When Thomas arrives in Norman this summer, he’ll join a very talented — but also inexperienced — defensive backfield, which could create an opportunity to earn immediate playing time.
Only three of the scholarship defensive backs on Oklahoma’s 2014 roster are upperclassmen, and the Sooners need to replace all-conference cornerback Aaron Colvin next season.
Stanvon Taylor and Dakota Austin received some playing time as true freshmen cornerbacks late last season, and junior Cortez Johnson will also be a candidate to fill Colvin’s spot.
But Thomas’ ability to learn fast will surely serve him well.
“I’m gonna go out there and play my heart out,” Thomas said. “I’ll do everything I can to get on the field.”