This week I want to profile one of Oregon’s newest faces – DeAnthony Thomas. Thomas comes to Oregon from Crenshaw Senior High School in LA and with an impressive record. Rated the 5th best player by Rivals.com and 16th overall by ESPN, he caused a stir initially by committing to USC and then changing his mind after a visit to Eugene earlier this year. Thomas comes into the program at 5‘9’’ 165 lb and fast – he will fit perfectly into the Duck’s lightning fast offense. He shined in track at Crenshaw as well with his performances in the 200m dash. Did we mention he’s fast? During his senior year, leading Crenshaw to its second straight City Championship, Thomas rushed for 1,299 yards, scored 18 touchdowns and intercepted five passes.
Thomas is expected to have an impact on Oregon football immediately and we should see great things this coming season. Just as Oregon’s offense is versatile, Thomas could legitimately be used at running back, safety, cornerback or wide receiver. At this point it looks as though head coach Chip Kelly will use Thomas at the running back position. That means coming in with fellow top recruits, Devon Blackmon and Tacoi Sumler this should prove to be an even faster season for the Ducks.