2016 CB Ricky Thomas, Dutchtown High School
Dutchtown’s Ricky Thomas isn’t your typical 5’10 177 pound cornerback. Typically, corners of his size are known for their speed and athleticism that suits their duties of covering speedy wide receivers, not for their physicality in the run game. However, the senior from New Orleans seems to have the total package. “I love contact”, Thomas said. “I’m a boundary corner so I’m involved in a lot of contact.”
Thomas’ physicality is one facet of his game that sets him apart from other prospective defensive backs of his size, especially given the fact that he’s been clocked as fast as 4.4 in the forty yard dash to go along with a 4.1 in the pro shuttle. The legs that help him cover and run with some of the top wide outs in 5A are the same ones that have also squat over 400 pounds and power cleaned as much as 235 pounds.
Given Thomas’ measurables, it’s no wonder why he’s garnering attention from Division 1 schools throughout the country. While he currently holds offers from local FCS school Southeastern Louisiana and Division 3’s Louisiana College, Thomas came across his first FBS offer in May. “I took an unofficial visit to Southern Mississippi in March. Coach [John] Simon toured me around the facilities and campus and I loved it. I received an offer from them in May”, said Thomas.
While three offers, including one from an FBS school, are extremely impressive and satisfying, Thomas insists that his recruiting process is far from over. “I’ve received interest from TCU, Memphis, ULL, and Louisiana Tech. My goals are to continue to improve my offer list and make it to state.”
Though improving his offer list seems like a no-doubter at this point, the latter of his goals seems extremely plausible as well. Thomas leads a stout Griffin secondary that also holds one of the top defensive back prospects in the state in fellow senior Coney Durr. “Coney is like my brother. We hang out almost every day”, Thomas explained. “We’re enjoying the recruiting process together and he’s always reminded me to keep my team before the process.”
That piece of advice could lead to big things for the Griffins, who look to rebound from an uncharacteristic 4-6 year in 2014. However, according to Thomas, defensive coordinator Jason Brown seems to have the pulse of 2015’s version of the Dutchtown defense. “I love Coach Brown. He’s the best coach I’ve ever played for and he’s taught me everything I know about the cornerback position.”
While football is a large part of Thomas’ life, he understands the value of his education and plans to go into the field of business following his playing career. When he’s not on the football field or in the classroom, he also enjoys hanging out at home and playing NBA 2K, along with Madden on PlayStation and Xbox.
There’s no doubt that Thomas will be a steal for whatever school he finally decides on signing his letter of intent to. His physical nature to complement his speed and athleticism has drawn comparisons to the likes of Tyrann Mathieu, the scrappy defensive back from LSU who currently plays for the Arizona Cardinals. Subsequently, it should come as no surprise that Thomas claims he models his game after the 5’9 Mathieu. “I model my game after him because people claimed he was undersized, yet he always plays fearless.” If Thomas continues to improve on his already sterling skillset, he just might find himself following in Mathieu’s footsteps.
Nick is from Baton Rouge, LA where he attended St. Michael the Archangel and was a 3-year starter at Tight End for the Warriors. He was named to 3 All-District and 2 All-State teams at the 4A ranks. He earned a full scholarship to Nicholls State University where he was a 4-year starter and was named to 2 All-Conference and 2 All-Louisiana teams for the Colonels. He earned his degree in Mass Communication with a concentration in Broadcast/Journalism to go along with a minor in English.