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.
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No. 8: Devon Thomas
School: Broken Arrow
Position: Running back
Committed to: Oklahoma State (Dec. 15, 2012)