Freshman emerging in secondary

Freshman Jordan Thomas stands out as No. 3 cornerback behind Julian Wilson

The expectation going into camp for Oklahoma was that Dakota Austin or Stanvon Taylor would compete behind cornerback Julian Wilson, possibly pushing him for a starting cornerback spot to start the season.

That’s not the case at all. Sooners’ defensive coordinator Mike Stoops said Tuesday that true freshman Jordan Thomas is actually right behind Wilson at cornerback.

“Jordan Thomas continues to show signs of really being a great player,” Stoops said. “… JT would probably be out next corner as it stands right now. That’s a pleasant surprise.”

Thomas, a three-star recruit out of Klein, Texas, has shown a great knack for the position, but Stoops said the scrimmage next Thursday would go a long way in determining the final depth chart.

“He’s a terrific player. He’s a very smart player,” Stoop said of Thomas before adding that his emergence hasn’t been a big surprise. “He has great speed and quickness. He plays very natural and has a gifted feel for playing corner. He’s a big, long guy too.”

The addition 6-foot-1 Thomas along with the smooth transition of Wilson to starting corner could give the Sooners a surprisingly athletic secondary. Coach Bob Stoops added later that Wilson’s transition has been “fabulous” and even hinted at a bit of surprise with how well Wilson has done on the edge.

“I feel like those three guys are it right now,” Mike Stoops said.

But it’s the excelling freshman group in the secondary that has given Oklahoma excellent depth – with the possibility that two true freshmen could start at some point this season.

“(Thomas) and Steven Parker are as good of players at corner and safety that we’ve ever recruited,” Bob Stoop said. “It’s obvious in this number of practices how strong they are, how physically they are in a position to play and handle it and how intelligent they are and how natural it is for them.

“All of those things, you don’t usually get all in one.”

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