Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Sac-Joaquin DB and future Sun Devil sticking the fork into people

Photo courtesy of 24/7 sports
Got a chance to break down Arizona State commit Jordan Thomas (Inderkum-Sacramento) in my film room recently and I must say, he's improved a lot in his senior year.

Thomas has become an instinctive safety who can run through ball carriers. He's emerging as one of the Sacramento region's hardest hitters. His closing speed has shown a change in acceleration. He's running a 4.5 40-yard dash now and runs a 10.7 100 meter dash time.

One thing I admire about Thomas is his ability to play up to the line of scrimmage. He's a box safety and a disruptor in the run/option game. Thomas will come in handy at Arizona State in the future, since USC, UCLA, Utah, Colorado and in-state rival Arizona all either run a balanced running attack or an option look.

I did catch Thomas stopping his feet when reacting to a tackle. I also saw him try to muscle ball carriers to the ground. He may get away with that at the high school level, but that has to change soon because PAC-12 running backs can pummel defenders who try to muscle them to the ground.

In the end, though, Thomas gives Inderkum an extra linebacker with his instincts and hits. He's capable of giving Arizona State the same thing.

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