Jacoby Thomas #13
Looks like Coach Mangino and company had them set up and were ready to knock them down last weekend as yet another visitor from the December 5th weekend has given a verbal pledge to play football for the Jayhawks.
Jacoby Thomas a defensive end out of Texarkana Texas is the latest commitment for the Kansas Jayhawks 2009 recruiting class. I spoke with Thomas tonight and the 6'3" 225 pound end is looking forward to making the jump to the next level at Kansas. During his Senior Season Thomas racked up 76 total tackles along with 8 sacks and 1 interception. I asked Thomas about his expectations in terms of playing time as well as his position and he said, “I’m looking at playing outside linebacker, looking for early playing time and trust me I am ready to work hard to play.” From the sounds of things Thomas will likely be seen in a James Holt type role and used as a pass rushing linebacker in certain situations. I asked him for a player he viewed as a role model for his style of play and Thomas pointed to Demarcus Ware, “He’s tough, and he puts on a hard pass rush.”
Thomas was recruited by Coach Je’Ney Jackson and gave Coach Mangino and Coach Jackson his commitment on Monday. “I took a visit to Kansas and loved it,” said Thomas and with regards to what sealed the deal he explained, “The players and coaches were great.”
Thomas makes the 15th known scholarship commitment for 2009 and with the addition last night of Rashawn Copeland makes for 16 new Jayhawks committed to the squad for next year. While Thomas has yet to be ranked by recruiting services it sounds as though that should happen in the coming weeks and after a strong Senior season he will no doubt be a good addition to the class.