October 23, 2007

CCSF DE up to five offers

A number of JUCO prospects have flown into the rumor mill in recent weeks in Eugene as water cooler talk has the Ducks in the market at a few positions. Defensive line seems to be one of the positions in need of experience as Oregon recently offered a defensive end from one of the more prestigious JUCO programs in the country.

San Francisco defensive end Kyle Thomas received an early offer from LSU and with his father living in the bayou state many thought he would give an early verbal to the Tigers. However, Thomas has been deliberate in his approach to deciding where he wants to play next season and things just got a bit trickier as the Ducks and a number of other solid programs have offered.

"I got offers from Oregon, Nebraska, Arizona and Tennessee in the past month," Thomas said. "I got Nebraska last week and Oregon the week before. I got Tennessee about three weeks ago and Arizona a month ago."

Thomas is 6-foot-5, 250 pounds and runs the 40-yard dash around 4.7 seconds. He graduated from Oceanside High School (Calif.) in 2005 and was being recruited by Arizona, Michigan State, San Diego State, Oregon and Oregon State before failing to qualify academically. Thomas played at Palomar College in 2005 and sat out the 2006 season as a medical redshirt. He says he has no favorites at this point and probably will not start to visit schools until after the season.

"Right now I am just trying to wait until I take my visits," Thomas said. "I am not taking visits during the season. I worked really hard for it, but I never expected it to be like this. I have never been in this position before."

Thomas commented on his two latest offers.

"Coach Aliotti (Oregon) made me the offer," Thomas said. "He said they were really interested in me."

"Coach Wagner (Nebraska) said they really liked me," Thomas said. "I am really interested in them too."

Thomas is on track to transfer in December with three years to play two years of football, pending a medical redshirt petition to the NCAA.

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