December 19, 2012

Oklahoma corner commits to the Cowboys

For Wagoner (Okla.) senior Kerwin Thomas, yesterday was sort of a big deal. In addition to being named All-State Oklahoma as a wide receiver, the 5-foot-10, 160-pound speedster also committed to the University of Wyoming to play cornerback for the Cowboys.

"I committed yesterday and I committed because (Wyoming assistant Coach Jason) Ray seems like a down-to-earth guy," Thomas said. "They have been showing me they are true to their word. I got hurt at the end to the season and they kept talking to me. I felt like that was a big thing.

"I feel like I made the right decision," he said.

Thomas said he dislocated his collarbone making a tackle on an interception return in his final game of the season. He will be released back to competition Jan. 8 and should be just fine for the start of fall practice.

Thomas was named the 24th best player in Oklahoma regardless of position by the Oklahoman newspaper. A year ago he helped his Wagoner team win a Class 4-A State title with 42 tackles and five interceptions.

In 2012, the Wagoner repeat bid came up just short with a loss to Anadarko in the state semifinals. Thomas was able to put up solid numbers once again, posting 49 tackles and two interceptions. As a receiver, he accounted for 31 catches for 527 yards and seven touchdowns.

"I think I have good hips and I am able to lock people down," Thomas said. "I played a slot receiver this year too, but the Wyoming coaches said they want me to play corner when I get there."

Thomas said his first experience with the Wyoming coaches came after his senior year as Jason Ray came to Wagoner looking for corners. Thomas said Ray sold him on the idea that Laramie and the University of Wyoming wasn't too big or too small and it was a great place to live comfortably while playing football. Thomas said he committed without seeing Laramie for himself - that comes on his official visit, Jan. 18.

"(When I committed) Coach Ray put me on the phone with (UW Head Coach Dave) Christensen," Thomas said. "Coach Christensen said he was proud to hear that I joined the team and they can't wait to get me up there on the official. I just want to see something new. I have never seen anything like mountains, so I am just excited to see something new."

Football isn't the only sport Thomas excels - or even accelerates at. The Wagoner senior is part of the state runner-up 4x100 meter relay team at Wagoner and nearly had an individual title at the state track meet a year ago.

"I was running in the 300 meter hurdles and I was in first place when I tripped on the last hurdle and came in sixth," he said.

Thomas said his personal best in the 200 meters is 22.1 and he has only run in the 100 meter dash once and was timed at 10.9.

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