The Texas Longhorns have always had a knack at obtaining talent through the process of selection that only a select few other universities get to partake in. It isn’t whether the player will choose the University of Texas at Austin to play football, but rather if UT will choose them.
Athlete turned wide receiver — for now — Duke Thomas is a different breed of beast. A quarterback in high school at Copperas Cove, Thomas was recruited for his athleticism and versatility. Texas chose the 5-foot-11, 175 pound football player and for most of the last year and a half, they have been trying to figure out exactly what for — but not in a bad way.
Thomas entered his career at Texas trying to persuade everyone that he could play on the defensive side of the ball and spent little time wasting opportunities. However, due to the recent mix up on the offensive side of the ball at WR, Thomas had to adjust and transition to help the Longhorns on their WR depth chart.
For now, it appears that Thomas will be a threat at the slot position where his speed can be put to good use, much like Olympian and former Texas Longhorns player Marquise Goodwin was used.
It should be no surprise to see Thomas splitting some time with freshman Jacorey Warrick when the Longhorns have time to play their backups against New Mexico State today.
Thomas is the first interesting player we have seen in Austin with as much versatility as John Chiles. Hopefully, for the sake of orange bloods everywhere, he will be a lot more impactful.