Cornerback Ed Thomas will be stepping into the role of full-time starter at cornerback this fall and the versatile athlete from Washington (D.C.) St. John's College High may see some time on offense. For the past week Thomas and his teammates have been preparing for the 2007 season, a year that he hopes will see his stock rise significantly.
The 5-foot-9, 175 pound corner said he recently ran the 40-yard dash in 4.53 seconds. Don't let his size fool you. Thomas is a hard hitter and prides himself on his toughness.
"The best thing I do is play physical," Thomas said. "I'm physical on every play. I like getting up on the line and playing tight on receivers, but I do have the speed. When the ball is in the air I've got the speed to break on the ball and make plays."
Thomas participated in the National Underclassmen Combine as well as a camp in Pittsburgh this summer. He performed well at both, earning first team honors at the Underclassmen combine and rating near the top of the Class of 2009 prospects in attendance in Pittsburgh.
Several schools have already expressed an interest in him.
"I've got mail from Penn State, Temple, Syracuse, Louisville and Memphis so far," Thomas said.
"I grew up a big Florida State fan so I'd love to hear from them. I do go to school in D.C. but I live in northern Virginia, so I really like Virginia Tech too. I think North Carolina is a school that's really on the rise, so I'll put them up there too. Penn State seems pretty good, especially since they've sent me mail."
Last season Thomas was St. John's number three cornerback but projects as a starter in his junior year. He also plans to spend some time at wide receiver.