September 15, 2009

Junior WR talks Tide

Theodore wide receiver Darien Thomas is out to prove that he's one of the top junior playmakers in the state of Alabama. Unfortunately, his performance in Theodore's first three games of the season has been so strong, he usually spends most of the second half on the sidelines.

"I've been really happy with my season so far. In my first game, I had five catches for 110 yards and two touchdowns and I didn't play in the second half," said Thomas. "Our offense is so good, we almost never get to play a whole game. We're 3-0 so far and we all really feel like we have a state championship team. We're very determined and we're not going to let anybody stand between us and the state title. I think this is going to be a special year."

The 6-foot-2, 191-pound receiver made waves over the summer attending camps at Alabama and Auburn and is now starting to receive some attention from major college programs.

"Right now I'm hearing the most from Alabama and then probably Louisville, Ole Miss, Auburn and LSU. I grew up an Alabama fan so I've been saying 'Roll Tide' all my life. All my friends are 'Bama fans too so it's been a big part of my life."

While Thomas said he doesn't want his childhood preference for Alabama to be a factor in his decision, he does believe the Crimson Tide's offense under Nick Saban would be a good fit for his skills.

"I feel like I would fit into that offense really well. It's a balanced offense but the running game is really important to Alabama and that means that wide receivers there have to block. I love blocking. It's as much fun to me as any other part of the game. I love to play physical and I think Alabama's offense really demands physical receivers."

Thomas has already begun planning for next year and hopes that his plans will both improve him as a player and help give him more options when it comes to choosing a school.

"I want to go to as many camps as I can next summer to really work on my skills and get to work with some great college coaches. I also see it as a chance to show everyone what kind of player I am and hopefully get myself a few scholarship offers along the way."

Thomas runs a 4.5 forty and boasts a 29-inch vertical. Thomas and his Theodore teammates will take on Blount High School this weekend at home.

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