May 6, 2007

Alabama 'backer plays with non-stop motor

Jacoby Thomas earned the reputation as one of the top defensive players in the Yellowhammer State last fall.

The 6-foot-0, 212-pound linebacker from Mobile (Ala.) Murphy recorded 124 tackles, 15 for a loss, six interceptions and two quarterback sacks.

"He's got a knack for knowing where the ball is," Murphy Coach Ron Lee previously told "He's going to run to the ball. You're not going to see a clip where he's not around the football."

"My motor keeps going," added Thomas. "I'm sideline to sideline. I never stop going, from the first snap of the game to the last snap in the fourth quarter."

Purdue and Alabama have already sent Thomas a written scholarship offer. He has drawn recruiting interest from a long list of other programs including Clemson, Colorado, Vanderbilt, West Virginia, Auburn, Southern Miss, Duke and Colorado State.

"Not really," Thomas replied when asked if any colleges stand out early in the recruiting process. "If I had to say right now it would be Alabama and Purdue because they have both sent an offer. But I am going to wait the whole process out and wait until after my senior season to decide."

Thomas claims a verbal offer from the Buffaloes, who are in need of linebackers this cycle. "I think Colorado is nice," he explained. "I haven't been up there yet but from the pictures they showed me, it seems like a great atmosphere. I would really like to go out there and see it first hand."

Improving his speed is Thomas' main goal this summer. He currently runs the forty in the 4.7 range.

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