Last Spring, Oakland (Calif.) McClymonds head coach Alonzo Carter told us his team was absolutely loaded and could have as many as seven or eight players sign with Div I schools. We laughed at him at the time, but things are starting to shape up just like Carter predicted as yet another Warrior has made his college choice.
For those keeping score, three Warrior players have made their college choice with Derrick Hill headed to Cal, Joshua Tatum to USC and NaDerris Ward to Georgia. Now you can add what Carter called the, 'heart and soul' of the team, Rico Thomas to San Diego State.
Thomas, 5-10, 170 pounds is a talented two way player who shined at both running back and defensive back but will play safety for the Aztecs.
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"I was going to visit UNLV this weekend but I just really like San Diego State," Thomas said. "They have been my top choice for awhile now and last week, I decided to go and ahead and commit to them.
"It was a lot of things. For one, my mother lives in Riverside so I'll be a lot closer to her than any other school I could have chosen. I like the new staff and Coach Long a lot. I think San Diego State has everything in place to be a strong program and I'm looking forward to being a part of that. I'll be coming in as a safety and since the staff is new, I'll have as good a shot as anyone to get some playing time.
"I committed before they announced the new DB coach, Coach Inge, but I have talked to him and really liked him a lot. After I talked to him, that just kind of solidified everything for me and showed me that I really did make the right decision."