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Bearcats Freshman Profiles: Alex Thomas

The second of four Miami area signees to be profiled Alex Thomas attended Chaminade Madonna Prep in Hollywood, Florida. He played primarily as a receiver, and that is how he was recruited by most schools. He will be playing cornerback for the Bearcats.

David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

The Essentials

  • High School: Chaminade Madonna Prep, Hollywood, FL
  • Position: Cornerback
  • Height: 6'1"
  • Weight: 170
  • Composite Rank*: 78 (**)

* As determined by 24/7 sports composite algorithm which combines and weights the rankings of 24/7, Rivals, Scout and ESPN to come up with one number.

Thomas was a do it all guy for his high school. He played wide receiver, corner and returned kicks as well. His work at receiver is what first got him noticed. He committed to Bowling Green to play that position, but an offer from the Bearcats saw him reconsider and go with the Bearcats.

For UC Thomas will be playing as a cornerback, which might just be his best position moving forward. In watching him play he just seems more natural on defense. He has long arms, loose hips and a physicality that is admirable. But without question his best attribute is the way that he plays the ball in the air. There are a lot of guys who can cover perfectly for the first 90 percent of a play but give up catches because they can't locate and play the ball. Thomas plays the ball like a receiver would, even when he is playing on defense, and that is his one great asset.

Thomas is going to wind up redshirting this year because he simply isn't big enough to hold up at this level. He will spend a year in the weight room and on the practice field refining his technique. Then in 2015 when Howard Wilder and Adrian Witty move on Thomas will be there, ready to compete with an ever growing pool of candidates for the two vacated starting jobs.