Thomas anxious to start his Texas career

AUSTIN, Texas -- Class of 2012 four-star athlete Orlando Thomas (Copperas Cove, Texas/Copperas Cove) was one of several Longhorns commitments that made their way to Austin for an official visit over the weekend. He came away feeling anxious to get his career started at Texas, which will come in January.

“I had a great time hanging out with the guys and getting to know them because at football games you never really get to know who they are,” said Thomas, the No. 33 athlete overall in 2012. “That was my biggest highlight of the visit.”

Thomas was hosted by freshman cornerback Quandre Diggs, whom he thinks he can learn a lot from next semester. He also spent time talking with defensive backs coach Duane Akina and defensive coordinator Manny Diaz.

“They talked about the season to come and how the last season went,” Thomas said. “Basically they said how everything was going and that they were excited about this class coming in.”

Thomas took enough summer classes and dual-credit courses to have already completed his high school career. The fact that he will be enrolling early should help his cause for playing time if he ends up as a safety. He said he didn’t know if Texas planned on playing him as a cornerback or safety.

He played cornerback quite a bit this season when Copperas Cove faced passing teams. But his primary position was at quarterback, which he thinks will help him as a defensive back in college.

"Playing quarterback, I think was a great help because it is a big leadership role and you learn a lot by playing that spot," Thomas said. "It is a definite advantage in playing other positions."