Aldine (Texas) Eisenhower has long been one of the top talent-producing schools in the Houston area. The Eagles have alumni on rosters all across the country. It should be no surprise then that the school has one of the top junior defenders in the Lone Star State.
Safety Devonte Thomas made a splash a year ago on varsity as a big defender. The 6-foot-2, 197-pound Thomas has a similar build to former five-star Eisenhower safety and current LSU Tiger Craig Loston. However, his junior year has not gone like he had hoped.
"I'm actually out right now," Thomas said. "I tore my ACL a few games ago. I'll be back by next year for sure. I'm already ahead of schedule with everything."
Thomas has still be hearing from several programs, though.
"I haven't really talked to too many coaches but I'm getting a lot of letters," he said. "I've been getting a lot of stuff from Miami, Oklahoma, Purdue, Notre Dame, Kansas State and a couple more schools."
Thomas was recently invited to a big game and could not pass up the opportunity to attend.
"I went to an Oklahoma game," he said. "I went there and watched them play Texas in Dallas. I have a former teammate at each school with Jaz (Reynolds) and Greg (Timmons). I just watched the game, that's about it. We weren't really able to talk to any of the coaches or anything.
"I don't have any plans to make it anywhere else right now. I'll probably go to a few places after the season."
Though most schools have understandably backed off the big safety a bit while waiting for him to recover, one program has kept up the same pace in his recruitment.
"I think most schools want to wait and see how it heals," Thomas said. "There are still a few on me really hard, though. Miami came through here a week after I got hurt and they still want me. I called up and talked to their coach."
It should be no surprise, then, to learn of Thomas' current favorite program.
"Miami stands out right now," he said. "I like their defense a lot. I like the way they work hard."