There was a lot of confusion regarding Oklahoma’s first junior day on Saturday. A few of the expected top names didn’t end up making the trip and some names people weren’t expecting were on the campus.
One of those was 2014 running back Devon Thomas (Broken Arrow, Okla./Broken Arrow). As of Thursday, he hadn't planned to attend OU's junior day, but then he got a last-minute invite.
The event made his weekend that much more hectic as he was already attending the Oklahoma City Thunder game Friday night. So he went from Broken Arrow to Oklahoma City back to Broken Arrow on Friday and then to Norman, Okla., on Saturday.
“It was definitely a busy weekend, but it was a good one,” Thomas said.
Thomas took an unofficial visit to OU during the 2011 season, but Saturday’s visit was a lot different for Thomas.
“I got to see the entire campus, see everything that goes on,” Thomas said. “Before it was just the locker room and the field and seeing what happens after the game.”
OU coaches normally don't make such a strong push for young in-state recruits but their interest in Thomas proves they think he is a special talent. He rushed for nearly 1,800 yards as a sophomore in helping Broken Arrow reach the Class 6A state championship game.
And he’s already growing close to OU running backs coach Cale Gundy as the two were seen sitting next to each other during OU’s basketball game against Iowa State on Saturday.
“Yeah, he’s a really cool guy,” Thomas said. “He’s just like my coaches at Broken Arrow. They’re trying to make sure I stay out of trouble. They’re putting me in a position to succeed.”
Thomas was listed at 5-foot-11 and 190, but he said he is closer to 5-foot-11 and 210 pounds as he is getting ready for track season.
Thomas attended Oklahoma State’s junior day last weekend and said it was a little different because the recruits didn’t get to see the whole campus.
Though OU is in great position with Thomas, don’t expect a decision any time soon.
“I talked with my parents, and we’re going to let the recruiting process play out and see how things go,” Thomas said. “OU and OSU are both looking at me real hard right now, and I’m just waiting to see what else happens.”