At a 'Nike Summer of Speed' event we put on last week in Los Angeles, we bumped in to Oxnard (Calif.) Rio Mesa defensive back Kevin Thomas. The 'Summer of Speed' is a competition where we're looking for the fastest athlete (40 yards) in the Southern Section culminating in a faster 40 competition July 16 in conjunction with an eight team 7 on 7 passing tournament we're doing the same day.
Thomas, 6-1, 175 pounds is a great looking defensive back prospect and could be the top pure cover man in the state. He has great size, runs well and excels in coverage and run support. His combination of skills on both sides of the ball and physical style of play reminds us of Oregon State bound corner Bryan Payton who we loved last season.
Thomas clocked a 4.53 at the speed competition which is pretty consistent with what he has run all spring. He clocked a 4.52 at the Nike combine at USC and a 4.49 at the Nike Camp in San Diego.
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On the recruiting front, Thomas said he plans to take at least three trips before making his decision and has two schools leading the pack right now.
"USC and Cal are my top two," Thomas said. "Cal was my first offer and is recruiting me the hardest. USC has a great thing going right now and I like the coaching staff a lot. I doubt I'll visit USC because it's so close and I can just take an unofficial visit there. Along with Cal, I'm also going to visit Michigan and Arizona.
"Michigan is known for their defensive backs and I've liked them for a long time. Arizona is intriguing because of Coach Stoops and I think he'll be able to turn things around over there. Those are the main schools I'm looking at right now and all four of them have offered."