FOOTBALL: Thomas anxious and ready

I’m posting this from the bleachers at Itawamba Community College’s Crubaugh Field right now.

Today is my day to drive our six from Tupelo over here for baseball camp. ICC has nice facilities across the board, and I’m taking advantage of their wireless signal at the baseball stadium right now.

I’ll tell you these aluminum seats are bright this time of day.

In other news …

I spoke with incoming freshman running back Devin Thomas yesterday for an update I’m working on for Thursday’s print edition.

I thought Thomas was an interesting story when Ole Miss signed him in February, a south Texas kid with great numbers, rated by one website that covers Texas preps as the state’s No. 1 prospect in South Texas.

Thomas played only five games before breaking his ankle last year.

His coach, Jim Streety, said the break wasn’t as severe as initially believed, and a couple of months ago Thomas was cleared to run, cut and do any other activity full-speed.

He is eager to get to campus and sees himself in a competition with Cordera Eason, Enrique Davis and others for the starting job.

He said he’s having no problems with the ankle right now, but he hasn’t put on pads since the injury.

Streety is very high on his player, as all high school coaches are about their guys. He called him “the best to come out of San Antonio in a long, long time.”

Thomas was an Arkansas verbal commit who was eager to switch to Ole Miss after Houston Nutt was hired. He raved about Nutt and called him a “players’ coach.”

More on Thomas in Thursday’s paper.

— PA

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2 Responses to “FOOTBALL: Thomas anxious and ready”

  1. VA Reb Says:

    I hope he works out…it’s looking like we are going to have some talented depth at running back this year. With the receivers we have coming back, Oher and company, and with the potential of Snead, I’m thinking our offense is going to be pretty strong. Look forward to reading your article on Thursday. Larry

  2. djrebel Says:

    Thanks Larry. With all eyes focused on Enrique Davis, I think Thomas could be a steal if the ankle is as healthy as they think it is.

    — PA

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