Every year it’s inevitable. It seems to be a rite of passage for Oklahoma to come in late and make the solid impression on a defensive back and get a commitment.
This time, though, it was a little bit harder. Klein (Texas) Collins safety Jordan Thomas had been committed to Northwestern since December 2012 so the Sooners had their work cut out for them.
Getting Thomas to campus was half the battle. As has been the standard at Northwestern for a while, a visit usually means the Wildcats are looking elsewhere. And they’ll have to as Thomas confirmed Sunday afternoon he has flipped to the Sooners.
Because of his longtime commitment and not being active on social media, Thomas had sort of gotten lost in the shuffle of an incredibly talented defensive back Class of 2014 in the state of Texas.
OU offered in August, but it looked like nothing would come of it. However, OU cornerbacks coach Bobby Jack Wright was persistent and kept checking in with Thomas and his high school coaches. Things started to progress in the last couple of weeks.
From Thomas’ tone during the week, it was obvious this wasn’t just a courtesy visit. If OU played its cards right, the Sooners were going to land another big-time commitment during the month.
And it happened Sunday as the high three-star prospect let it be known he’ll be calling Norman his future home. Following a great visit, Thomas said he knew he had to call Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald and do things properly to let him know he was going to OU.
The addition of Thomas gives OU four defensive back commitments for the class, and the Sooners are still plugging away to add a couple of more. But getting Thomas is another positive sign for OU on the trail in the last month.