It’s still early, but Racean Thomas already has the biggest names in college football fighting for the 2014 Alabama running back’s services.
“I’ve got a couple teams coming at me pretty hard,” said the 5-foot-11, 195-pounder from Oxford High School in Oxford, Ala.
“Alabama, Auburn, LSU, Florida, Georgia and Florida State are coming at me the hardest.”
Thomas isn’t sure how many offers he’s up to at this point, but said all of the above schools have offered. He’s already been to a few games this season and is looking forward to getting to more soon.
“I’ve been to Alabama, Auburn and Tennessee games,” he said. “They were good; great atmospheres, great coaches and just fun to be around.
Thomas was back at Alabama this weekend for the Crimson Tide's victory over Mississippi State and also plans to catch a Georgia game soon.
Notre Dame has been in touch.
“They’ve been sending me mail and stuff, trying to catch up with me recruiting-wise,” said Thomas.
He doesn’t know much about the Irish at this point, but said he’d like to learn more.
“I’ve watched them play a couple of games on TV and stuff like that,” said Thomas. “I wanted to see how they run the ball and play defensively.”
Thomas, who has been clocked at 4.47 in the 40-yard dash, has already run for more than 1,500 yards through seven games this season.
“I’m pretty much a balanced back,” he said. “I’ve got speed, power and I can cut on a dime, but I’m just trying to work hard and get better.”
Thomas thought about making an early commitment, but won’t rush things.
“I was going to make a decision this year, but I don’t know yet,” he said. “It’s going to come down to if I visit a place and really like it.”
He has an early idea of what he’s looking for in a school.
“I’m looking for great coaches, a great atmosphere and a team I can really get along with,” he said. “Also, great academics and somewhere I can be successful.”
But he isn’t sure if he’ll leave the South or the state of Alabama for that matter yet.
“I don’t know. That’s something I’ll have determined by next year. It’s something I’ll have to talk about along with my parents.”