May 31, 2011

It may come down to camp

Just last week, Leo Thomas received a letter from Baylor assistant coach Chris Achuff.

The crux of the letter re-iterated the Bears' interest in the San Antonio Sam Houston defensive back. North Texas and Colorado are the two programs known to have offered him. Missouri, Tennessee and Arizona have also shown the interest.

But the Bears want to see more. That's why the coaching staff is hoping Thomas will take them up on their offer to come to one of the June camps.

"I've just tried to be patient throughout the whole thing,'' Thomas said. "But I also want to show all these schools that I'm as good as any the top defensive backs in the country. I've been working hard on my own trying to do that.''

Thomas came to the Baylor controlled scrimmage on April 2 and liked what he saw. But that was really the first step for him to get on the coaching staff's radar. As Baylor fans have witnessed, the Bears' coaching staff is trying to overhaul the secondary even as we speak.

The staff has offers out to 11 cornerbacks and safeties. Expect that number to go up as some of those players will commit elsewhere.

Thomas is one of those cornerbacks who possesses one intriguing dimension in height at 6-2. He can match up against the tall wide receivers.

What the coaches likely want to be certain about is his speed and recovery speed. A 4.54 - Thomas said his latest hand-held time was 4.49 earlier in the spring - is something that can make some programs just a little nervous. They also want to determine how well he can chase down a receiver.

"I'm 99 percent sure I'm going to go to Baylor's camp,'' Thomas said. "I want to go, but I want to show them that I can play and that this isn't going to be a waste of their time and mine.''

Tuesday marks the first day that members of Baylor's 2011 signing class will arrive on campus. Cedar Park OL Spencer Drango, the top-rated recruit of the class, said he plans on arriving in Waco. Daingerfield defensive tackle Donald Bryant is also expected to come to campus. La Porte defensive back Anthony Webb graduates on Friday. He said he is unsure when he will be arriving.

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