Thomas Commits to Tulsa

2015 RB Javon Thomas

Tulsa has been on a roll with offensive commitments during the past few days. The latest came Wednesday from a promising 2015 running back prospect from the Ark-La-Tex.

Tulsa picked up a couple of 2015 receiver commits earlier this week from Oklahoma City Casady School's Denver Johnson and Texarkana (Texas) Texas High's Jarion Anderson.

Then came the Tuesday commitment of Little Rock Pulaski Academy 2015 quarterback Will Hefley.

Well, after Wednesday afternoon, those prospects can add a running back pledge to the mix.

Anderson's Texas High tailback teammate, Javon Thomas, committed to Tulsa, a decision of which Anderson broke the news via Twitter.

Thomas later confirmed himself with his own tweet.

Thomas picked Tulsa over offers from Louisiana-Monroe, Navy, New Mexico, Rice, and Toledo. The New Mexico offer came later Wednesday after his commitment to Tulsa.

At an impressive 6-foot-2 1/2, 211 pounds, don't be surprised if Thomas' increasing exposure, which didn't really ramp up until the spring evaluation period, results in more and more offers. He has mentioned Oklahoma State as one school that has already been in contact.

Part of the reason Thomas had not gotten more attention prior to the spring was that he played behind Tre Walker, a back-to-back 1,000-yard rusher, each of the past two seasons.

Nevertheless, Thomas ran for more than 500 yards as the second-string tailback and told me at the June 1 ETSN.fm/APEC East Texas Combine that he's definitely ready to take on the full workload required of Texas High's starting tailback.

Thomas may have been the most physically impressive prospect at that East Texas combine. He received Scout.com's Running Backs MVP for the event, where he ran a laser-timed 4.62-second 40 and a 4.22-second pro agility. His explosion numbers were excellent, too, with a vertical of 35.3 inches and broad jump of 114.5 inches. Perhaps most impressive was his bench press. Thomas repped 205 pounds 13 times.

The ceiling is high for Thomas. He's built like a linebacker and has good one-cut ability, which his film repeatedly shows. He's not the top-end burner like Baylor commit JaMycal Hasty, but he's six inches taller, almost 30 pounds heavier, and no doubt stronger. The 4.62 40 suggests that he has plenty of speed for a player with his current size and frame potential.

I expect programs to continue pursuing Thomas. New ones, too, especially if he has a big senior season.

If schools from P5 conferences start calling, it could be difficult for Tulsa to hang on to his commitment. But for now, the Golden Hurricane appears in good shape, capping what's been a great week for the future of the program's skill positions with a potentially difference-making running back.

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