One of the state of Arizona’s best prospects athlete/running back Marcus Thomas (6-1, 192, 4.5) from Tolleson, Ariz., lived up to his pre-season billing and started his senior season off the way he ended his junior season dismantling opponents with his rushing skills.
Thomas blistered Nogales, Ariz., for 400 yards and four touchdowns in his senior season opener last Friday night.
Thomas rushed for 2,087 yards on 317 carries for an average of 6.6 yards per carry as a junior. He was also the team’s best receiver, catching 25 passes for 580 yards while averaging 23.2 yards per catch. Thomas had a total of 27 touchdowns his junior season and was the only junior running back all-state selection. He was also selected all-area and all-league.
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Thomas looks to be well on his way to better his junior season numbers.
The list of offers for the talented running back includes Arizona, Oregon, Washington State, Colorado State, New Mexico and Vanderbilt.
Thomas claims no favorites at this time and he’s keeping an open mind. He is also very interested in UCLA, Washington, Oregon State and Nebraska. Though these schools haven’t offered, Thomas feels that offers are pending.
Thomas has set one official visit set to the Oregon Ducks on December 6th.
In an earlier interview with Pac10Recruiting Tolleson head coach Dan Widmaier said this about his gifted running back, “Marcus is a great and hard working young man. He has a tremendous attitude and he’s always asking us coaches how he can improve. He has a never say quit approach to the game of football and life.”
“Marcus has great moves,” Widmaier said. “He’s very slippery and squirmy. Marcus was our entire offense last year. Everybody knew it and still Marcus dominated.”
Sounds like coach went back to the well last Friday.
Thomas is very tough and durable. “I never want to miss a down,” Thomas said. “Last season I played both ways but this year I’m strictly a running back.”
Thomas had a deep thigh bruise last season and didn’t tell anybody. That is badly this guy wants to play. He just sucked it up and continued playing. You have to admire his grit and when in take his injury into consideration his stats are even more remarkable.
What does Thomas want in a college?
“I want to play for a staff that has a good relationship with his players,” Thomas said. “The depth chart will also be a consideration. I would like an opportunity for early playing time.”