Sooner rather than later

Miami (Fla.) Miami Central three-star safety Ahmad Thomas landed an offer from Oklahoma last week. The 6-foot-1, 205-pound defensive back wasted no time in jumping on that opportunity.

"I just made a verbal commitment to Oklahoma," Thomas said. "I called Coach (Mike) Stoops and told him I was committing. He was really excited. He said I made his day. He said it was the best thing he heard all day."

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Thomas committed to the Sooners despite the fact he has never visited their campus. He said he didn't feel he could wait to make the decision.

"I feel like it was something I just had to jump on without even seeing them," Thomas said. "They will be my first visit. At this point, they are the only school I know I will visit. It should be this summer."

The South Florida prospect explained that there were numerous reasons why he opted for the Sooners.

"I just felt like that is a great school and really big for me," Thomas said. "They are a great football experience. They have produced a lot of NFL players, I think that is a great thing for me. I feel it is a place I can better myself as a player and as a scholar."

At the top of the list of reasons why he decided to pledge to Bob Stoops' team was his quick relationship and bond he has established with his primary recruiter.

"As I was talking to the coach (Mike Stoops), I just felt a great connection with him," Thomas said. "I did my homework on him and I feel like he relates well to me. I feel the energy in his voice when he talks and that is the type of thing that hypes me up.

"I felt loyalty in talking with him," Thomas added. "He was a straight-shooter with me. There was no hesitation when I asked him questions."

Thomas finished his junior season with 82 tackles, one interception and one sack.
He also reported offers from Auburn, Florida Atlantic, Florida International, Florida State, Illinois, Marshall, Mississippi State, N.C. State, Notre Dame, South Florida, Utah State, and West Virginia.