September 16, 2011

The time was right for Thomas

The first time Alliance (Ohio) Marlington junior defensive back Dymonte Thomas visited Michigan this summer, he felt left out. The Barbecue at the Big House was not only a recruiting event, but a photo opportunity for Michigan commits. Thomas - and the rest of the uncommitted prospects in attendance - couldn't join in, even if they wanted to.

When he mad a return visit for the Under The Lights game against Notre Dame, a similar situation arose. This time, however, Thomas was prepared. He had committed to Michigan's coaching staff shortly before another impromptu photo shoot.

Thomas had been favoring the Wolverines since his visit for the barbecue, and felt like the time was finally right. The largest crowd in Michigan Stadium history played a big role in convincing him to pull the trigger.

The atmosphere during Michigan's 35-31 comeback victory helped, but it wasn't all that the Wolverines had going in their favor. Thomas cited Michigan's history of success and strong education as other important factors in his decision.

Michigan fans are thrilled to have a commitment from the 6-1, 175-pound safety. His blazing speed was on display Thursday night, as he ripped off touchdown runs of 67 and 47 yards by outrunning the entire Lousiville secondary. It wasn't enough to earn the victory for his team, though. The 28-35 loss, while disappointing, gave Thomas the opportunity to show off a team-first attitude.

In the recruiting game, It's Ohio State fans who didn't get the win in the Dymonte Thomas sweepstakes. Many didn't take the loss so well, especially since it came to their biggest rival. According to the player himself, some Buckeye fans are showing resentment.

Thomas is excited for the potential of the 2013 class of recruits. He is the second member of the class, joining Warren (Mich.) De La Salle quarterback Shane Morris. He says he'll follow Morris's lead and help recruit for Michigan. His first project isn't in the 2013 class, but rather a year older. His cousin, Canton (Ohio) Glen Oak running back Bri'onte Dunn, is committed to Ohio State, but also interested in other schools, including Michigan.

Michigan fans would certainly love to see Dunn end up in the Wolverines' 2012 crop, but even if he doesn't, his cousin Dymonte Thomas is far more than just a consolation prize.

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