OU football: Quarterback signee Cody Thomas faces a big decision

The Colleyville Heritage High School star will need to decide between college sports and professional baseball.
by Jason Kersey Published: June 2, 2013
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NORMAN — The next week will be chaotic for Cody Thomas.

Oklahoma's 2013 quarterback signee graduates Thursday from Colleyville Heritage High School and is moving two days later to Norman, where he'll begin summer training with his new teammates.

And at some point over those three days, an MLB franchise will draft Thomas, then ask him to drop everything, sign a contract and begin his professional baseball career.

“It's gonna be a crazy few days,” Thomas said in a telephone interview.

Thomas verbally pledged to Oklahoma a little more than a year ago and never hedged from that commitment. But questions about whether the highly touted baseball prospect would actually wear crimson and cream have persisted ever since.

He threw for 3,407 yards, 38 touchdowns and only five interceptions last fall, and just wrapped up a stellar senior baseball season. Thomas batted .482 with 15 home runs and 51 RBIs this spring.

Throughout his commitment to Oklahoma, Thomas has politely deflected questions about the baseball draft, mostly saying only that the decision would come in due time and that he looked forward to playing football at Oklahoma.

But as the draft — and that difficult decision — approaches, Thomas spoke a little more openly about the process.

He said his father, Pete, is handling much of his baseball-related business right now. The family can't hire an agent until a professional contract is signed, but can work with an “adviser” throughout the draft and subsequent contract negotiations.

Cody Thomas said he hasn't selected an adviser yet, and still hasn't received much of an idea of where he'll be drafted. He expects to hear more throughout this week as the draft approaches.

BaseballAmerica.com ranks Thomas, an outfielder, as the draft's 165th-best available prospect.

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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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