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J52 01-22-2011 04:21 PM

DeAnthony Thomas...?
 
Anybody else completely unimpressed by him. On a relative basis, that is. He is top 5 on every recruiting site. Top 5 usually includes Adrian Petersons, Reggie Bushs, Beanie Wells, Devin Hesters, Dillon Baxter, Noel Devine, CJ Spiller etc. Dynamic superstars who had out of this world talent.

Watching his highlight tape, he isn't that fast. At all. He gets caught from behind multiple times in this video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5hq1BrWdEeg

And at the one minute mark, his own teammate runs him down like Thomas was a tight end.

Same type of athlete, same school, same position, same ranking from last year. 50 second mark.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DUUq1gD_t7w

Thomas and Baxter are on entire different levels.

SickwithIt1010 01-22-2011 09:09 PM

youre posting videos of Ray Lavender while youre talking about DeAnthony Thomas?

BuddyCHRIST 01-22-2011 10:48 PM

He looked good at safety in the All American game, some guys are just football players.

shylo3716 01-22-2011 10:55 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5hq1BrWdEeg

Looks fast to me on film

SickwithIt1010 01-23-2011 02:44 PM

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Originally Posted by shylo3716 (Post 2490347)

The run at 1:19 is the most impressive to me, when he trucks the kid and he is right back up to top speed in a split second.

shylo3716 01-23-2011 08:19 PM

We all know he is the true definition of an ATH, but does he only play Defense/CB or does he play Offense/WR also at USC?

SickwithIt1010 01-23-2011 09:29 PM

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Originally Posted by shylo3716 (Post 2492407)
We all know he is the true definition of an ATH, but does he only play Defense/CB or does he play Offense/WR also at USC?

He has told people one of the biggest reasons he chose SC was because they were going to let him try it out at RB.

Obviously if he helps the team more at another position thats where he will be, but I wont mind it either way.

J52 01-23-2011 10:04 PM

He's certainly a very talented kid. But he seems to be more like the handfuls of 4 stars out there rather then the number 1 skill position in the nation. At the 3 minute mark he gets ran down from behind and tackled by a guy who is a foot taller and 30 pounds bigger.

Impressive, but a far cry from the single best in the nation. Different position, but this is another guy that's number 1 at his position. This is number 1 looks like.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LTkmiBdoBDc

SickwithIt1010 01-23-2011 10:40 PM

I still wanna know why your posting videos of Ray Lavender.

duckseason 01-31-2011 04:11 AM

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Originally Posted by J52 (Post 2490035)
Watching his highlight tape, he isn't that fast. At all. He gets caught from behind multiple times in this video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5hq1BrWdEeg

It's football. Everybody gets caught from behind from time to time. If you're watching youtube videos and counting how often a guy gets caught from behind as your basis for how good a player he is, you're doing it wrong.

Kid is plenty fast as evidenced in your video and everywhere else you look:

http://ca.milesplit.com/athletes/405137

It's not elite speed that makes him one of the top prospects this year though.

It's how great a football player he is. Dude has the ability to play several positions at a high level. I like him at corner but he would be deadly at RB or WR as well. Great quickness, great hands, great feel for the game.

Cliff Harris isn't our fastest player but he's probably the most likely to score from anywhere on the field and might have the best range of any DB in the nation. Some guys just have it.

What it boils down to is that there are tons of football players who are just as fast as Thomas, so look elsewhere for clues as to why he is so highly coveted by the entire nation. Nobody gets 5 stars just for being fast.

J52 01-31-2011 08:46 PM

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Originally Posted by duckseason (Post 2503053)
It's football. Everybody gets caught from behind from time to time. If you're watching youtube videos and counting how often a guy gets caught from behind as your basis for how good a player he is, you're doing it wrong.

Kid is plenty fast as evidenced in your video and everywhere else you look:

http://ca.milesplit.com/athletes/405137

It's not elite speed that makes him one of the top prospects this year though.

It's how great a football player he is. Dude has the ability to play several positions at a high level. I like him at corner but he would be deadly at RB or WR as well. Great quickness, great hands, great feel for the game.

Cliff Harris isn't our fastest player but he's probably the most likely to score from anywhere on the field and might have the best range of any DB in the nation. Some guys just have it.

What it boils down to is that there are tons of football players who are just as fast as Thomas, so look elsewhere for clues as to why he is so highly coveted by the entire nation. Nobody gets 5 stars just for being fast.

Read the damn post. Yes, I acknowledged he's fast, yes he's good, ye's hes a top recruit. But he's not Percy Harvin, Adrian Peterson, Reggie Bush, Terrelle Pryor, Trent Richardson, Bryce Brown, Tedd Ginn, Devin Hester, Vince Young, Anquan Boldin special. And he is ranked the same as them. He is being placed, on all the recruiting sites, at the same echelon as all those guys. All of their films showed them obviously being the best athlete on the field by a long shot. Thomas is good, but he's a distant last compared to all of these guys as far as high school prospects go.

dannyz 01-31-2011 09:30 PM

Do you guys think he will go to Oregon?

SickwithIt1010 01-31-2011 09:43 PM

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Originally Posted by dannyz (Post 2504250)
Do you guys think he will go to Oregon?

No...

10 Chars

dannyz 01-31-2011 11:55 PM

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Originally Posted by SickwithIt1010 (Post 2504282)
No...

10 Chars

I know it does not mean anything but I have heard some things and there are pictures with him in Oregon Gear. I know players where other teams gear but still it's something to think about until Wednesday.

SickwithIt1010 01-31-2011 11:57 PM

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Originally Posted by dannyz (Post 2504493)
I know it does not mean anything but I have heard some things and there are pictures with him in Oregon Gear. I know players where other teams gear but still it's something to think about until Wednesday.

Hes not going anywhere, people close to him say he isnt going anywhere and wanted to make one last trip before the signing day. He has still yet to receive a scholarship offer from Oregon. He has been USC's biggest recruiter for the last several months so idk why he would bolt now.

Duffman57 02-02-2011 09:01 PM

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Originally Posted by SickwithIt1010 (Post 2504495)
Hes not going anywhere, people close to him say he isnt going anywhere and wanted to make one last trip before the signing day. He has still yet to receive a scholarship offer from Oregon. He has been USC's biggest recruiter for the last several months so idk why he would bolt now.

And......You lose. haha

OregonDucks 02-03-2011 01:45 PM

Hahaha SickwithIt ''the expert''

LizardState 02-03-2011 05:34 PM

This saying his big switcheroo from SC to Oregon dropped SC from the #1-ranked class.

http://footballrecruiting.rivals.com...sp?CID=1184626

Yeah right. Pure poppycock.

Punisher 02-03-2011 06:35 PM

As an SC fan it is a good move by DT going to Oregon for the simple fact that he wanted to be that all purpose back. Here at SC we wanted him at corner.He will be missed at USC but with the class Lane has brought in, it's just not that big of a deal.We filled our needs for this class.


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