March 29, 2011

Thomas likes the Bucks

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Stark County in Ohio is a regular stopping point for every college football program in the Midwest. Year in and year out, the area is as rich with talent as any you will find in the state. The 2013 class will be no different and one of the prospects generating some early buzz is Alliance (Ohio) Marlington athlete Dymonte Thomas. The 6-foot, 175-pound prospect burst onto the scene as a sophomore, helping to lead Marlington all the way to the Ohio Division III state semi-finals.

"It was pretty good," said Thomas of his sophomore season. "I think I had about 1,500 yards rushing and 17 touchdowns."

This past weekend, he followed up his strong sophomore campaign with an outstanding performance at the Pittsburgh NIKE Combine. Thomas ran a laser timed 4.57-second 40-yard dash, one of the very fastest at an event that had over 800 participants, surely increasing the list of colleges that will be inquiring about him.

As is the policy at Marlington, Thomas won't be informed of his list of suitors by the coaching staff until his junior year begins. Even so, there are two schools that the dynamic athlete is particularly interested in at the moment.

"I like Ohio State and Oregon," he explained. "Those are two schools that I really like. I know there are a lot of schools (that have sent mail) but our coach always waits until our junior years so he doesn't really tell me anything."

Thomas was able to make it to Columbus in the fall for the Buckeyes' win over Purdue.

"It went really good," he said. "It wasn't a very close game but it was still good."

Thomas has a link to the Ohio State program in that his cousin is Canton GlenOak running back Bri'onte Dunn, an Ohio State verbal in the 2012 class. While Dunn is more than willing to offer advice to his younger cousin, there is also a bit of a competitive nature to their relationship.

"Whenever we talk about football he just tells me to run harder," Thomas explained. "Most of the other times we just talk about how much better we're going to be when we go to college, especially if we're both on the same team and fighting at the same position."

Thomas' talents translate well to both running back and safety and schools will likely recruit him at both positions. That's just fine with him.

"Yep," Thomas replied, when asked if he would be willing to play either spot at the next level. "I'm just going to college to get an education."

Thomas says that he plans to camp at Ohio State in June.


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