Huskers dip into East Texas for commit No. 7
After adding their sole running back signee for 2015 from the state of Texas in Devine Ozigbo, the new Nebraska staff reached back into the Lone Star State for their 2016 tailback commitment.
Van (Texas) running back Aphonso Thomas said that he's known for a while that he would choose Nebraska as his college destination and he felt this was the appropriate time to reveal it.
"I came to my decision about two weeks ago and I just decided to make it public," Thomas told HuskerOnline.com. "My family is excited I committed to Nebraska. They feel like it's a good fit for me.
"I'm very excited about it too. I want to be up there already, to be honest with you."
Thomas will get his first look at Lincoln and his future home when he attends the Cornhuskers second Big Red Weekend in June with his uncle.
The 6-foot, 190-pound Thomas was first-team all-district and honorable mention all-state in 2014, and his relationship with NU's running backs coach played a big role in his decision.
"Me and Coach Reggie Davis have a pretty good relationship," Thomas explained. He talks to me about more than just football, you know what I mean? He tells me about life."
The Huskers' past history of running back tradition also played a key part in Thomas's college choice.
"Well, you know, they are a running back school," Thomas stated. "They are known for running backs. They put a running back in the League this year and I like that.
"My dream is to go to the League and I feel that they are my best opportunity to get there."
Even though he is currently rated a two-star prospect by Rivals, he said that the Husker coaches told him they like his physical style of running.
"Nebraska said they liked how I run the ball relentlessly, that I run the ball hard and that I break a lot of tackles," Thomas relayed.
"I've actually started for three years, but as a freshman I was a defensive back. I feel like I can do it all, pretty much. The best thing I show at this level is power, but I can juke and everything as well."
Thomas finished his junior year with 106 carries for 934 yards and 12 touchdowns. He had acquired other scholarship offers from Kansas, Colorado State, Texas State, Nevada and Stephen F. Austin.
Thomas also plays basketball and runs the 100m, the 4x100m and 4x200m in track. He has recorded an electronic personal best time of 10.9 in the 100.
He has a 3.1 GPA, and scored 17 on the ACT in his first attempt. He plans to take it again.