Oklahoma added a physical running back to their future offense Tuesday when Tavion Thomas joined its 2018 recruiting class.
Thomas announced his decision to play for the Sooners on Twitter:
I will like to say that I am verbally committed to Oklahoma university 🙌🏾☑️‼️‼️‼️‼️‼️‼️🤘🏽🤘🏽🤘🏽🤘🏽🤘🏽🤘🏽🤘🏽🤘🏽 @LincolnRiley https://t.co/6hyp1CvWAk2017-6-20 21:05:34
Thomas checks in at 6'2” and 225 pounds and is a 4-star prospect, the No. 256 overall player, No. 18 running back and No. 1 running back from the state of Ohio in his class, per Scout.
He drew attention from some of the best programs in the country during his recruiting process, as powerhouses such as Alabama, Ohio State, USC, Wisconsin, LSU, Michigan, Oregon and Texas were all included on Scout's list of interested schools.
Hudl shared a look at some of his moves that surely caught so many blue-chip eyes:
Thomas' size and physicality immediately stand out, which should help him pick up tough yardage between the tackles and at the goal line at the next level. It should also serve him well as a blocker, which will allow him to stay on the field all three downs.
Thomas brings solid burst for his size as well as a versatile playmaker.
If he delivers on that extensive potential for Oklahoma, he will be one of the most important additions in the entire 2018 class.
Thomas' commitment is a huge early win for the Sooners, especially head coach Lincoln Riley. The 33-year-old first-time head coach has large shoes to fill after taking over for Bob Stoops, who surprisingly retired on June 7.
Riley was able to keep one of Oklahoma's top targets for next season on board with where the program is heading into the future. Thomas will be an integral part of the offense when he arrives on campus and could help continue the Sooners' rich tradition of success in the Big 12.