“The way he's developing and growing, playing linebacker in college is not out of the question,” Manning said. “He's got the mentality of a linebacker but he's playing corner.
“He can do anything they're going to want him to do. Texas A&M really liked him as a possible outside linebacker.”
Thomas' versatility, size, and 4.59 speed has given Manning the idea to utilize different defensive schemes to put his talents on display.
“We might be able to shift the safeties over and leave him on one side of the field by himself because he can handle that kind of stuff both in the pass coverage and run support.”
For Thomas' final season he wants to walk away from Lawton Mac with a 5A state championship after reaching the state semifinal last year.
“We're going to do whatever it takes to get to that state title,” Thomas said. “I'm going to be a leader this year. I'm a senior and this is my last year. I'm trying to get a ring. I'm trying to get a championship for this school.”
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