5-10 1/2, 198-pound Shamarko Thomas turned in a fantastic junior season performance in 2007, breaking the Ocean Lakes (Virginia Beach, VA) school record for tackles in a single season with 77. A safety in high school, he was hoping to show the Tech coaches at last Saturday’s camp that he has the ability to play cornerback as well. Did he accomplish his goal?
“I think I did great,” said Thomas, who ran a hand-timed 4.4 in the 40 at Tech’s camp. “In the one-on-one drills, I think I showed the coaches I could cover.”
Following the camp, Thomas had a chance to speak with primary recruiter Curt Newsome.
“He was telling me that I have a good chance to get an offer,” Thomas said. “He said I have good coverage skills. He’ll be out at my school in about seven weeks, so he’ll get back to me then.”
Kent State, Louisville and Marshall have offered Thomas, who is also drawing interest from Old Dominion and Virginia. The Dolphins star, a versatile prospect that plays safety, wide receiver and running back in high school, believes most schools project him as a cornerback on the next level.
A Virginia Tech offer would be big for Thomas, who is very high on the Hokies.
“When I first moved down here, everybody was big on Virginia Tech,” Thomas said. “I was excited to come down for the camp. I had fun.”
Of the schools that have offered, Louisville, which extended an official offer in late May, is the favorite. At this time, though, Thomas does not appear to be in a hurry to make a college decision.
“I want to take my time, go through my senior season and see what happens,” Thomas said.
Thomas’ final summer camp will be Old Dominion before he fully focuses on preparing for his senior season. He performed well at both of his previous camp experiences – Virginia and Virginia Tech are the only camps he attended so far – and looks forward to impressing at ODU as well. After the Virginia camp, the UVa coaches mentioned that an offer could come if Thomas keeps his grades up.
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