“He's very intelligent, he's very good at what he does and he's getting bigger and stronger.”
Thomas had a breakout season as a sophomore in 2011, rushing for 1,775 yards and 22 touchdowns while splitting carries with Cameron Wren.
But his junior season was filled with bumps, as he missed the first four games for an unspecified reason and then was slowed by a torn meniscus that wasn't revealed until after the season. Still, he tallied 495 yards and seven touchdowns over Broken Arrow's last nine games in 2012.
All of those “situations” are behind Thomas now, Spavital said, noting he's been particularly impressed with the player's increased level of maturity and leadership during spring and summer workouts.
And Thomas has high expectations for himself. Now that he'll head into his senior campaign with the recruiting process over, he wants to finish his high school career with a 2,000-yard rushing season.
“There's no waiting on this last offer or anything, because I already have what I'm looking for,” he said. “All the pressure's off, so I can go out and play.”