As the biggest day in college football recruiting arrived, Oklahoma Sooners fans were cautiously optimistic about which high school seniors would sign those letters of intent and choose to pursue football and an education a the University of Oklahoma. This recruiting class won’t win any awards, but there are still some very talented football players who can help this time right away.
One of those players is four-star quarterback Cody Thomas. Thomas played his high school football at Heritage High School in Colleyville, TX. During his senior season, he threw for a mind-boggling 4,154 yards and 46 touchdowns in only 12 games. At 6-5 and 220lbs with 4.5 speed, he is a physical marvel and a real athletic specimen at quarterback as well. He’s everything head coach Bob Stoops could want.
What does having Thomas mean for 2013? I suspect it won’t mean a whole lot. Quarterback Blake Bell is a junior and has been a part of this offense for the past 2 seasons as the “Bell-dozer” package, but everyone I have spoken to connected with this team say Bell is not just a glorified fullback and can really throw the football. But for most Sooners fans, they have never seen it. Still, let me say this. I root for the jersey, not the name on the back. So if Stoops chooses to open up the quarterback competition with the inclusion of Thomas, so be it.
The snag in all this is, when June rolls around, Thomas is going to be a hot commodity in the 2013 MLB draft. Should Thomas be drafted high enough there is a real possibility that he will leave school to pursue a baseball career. For the Sooners, they have to be hoping bringing Thomas in, giving him a scholarship means he’ll stay, but the truth is it would be very hard to turn down a professional baseball career in exchange for college football. But at least, should Thomas choose not to stay, this team is still in very good hands.