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Oklahoma football: Desire to stay close to home caused Jordan Thomas' switch from Northwestern to OU

Cornerback Jordan Thomas spent more than a year committed to Northwestern, one of the country’s most prestigious universities, but a mid-January visit to Oklahoma and a desire to stay closer to home caused the 6-foot-1, 180-pound cornerback to flip to the Sooners.
by Jason Kersey Published: March 1, 2014

Svoboda said he’s seen lots of freshmen who were probably physically capable of playing against varsity competition, but what set Thomas apart was his intelligence.

“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.”

by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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