How could you NOT get caught up in that excitement? Even watching on TV you could feel the electricity and excitement from that game. What a GREAT first night game. I would expect a couple more too. I do so love being a Michigan fan. Especially when we make the baby Jesus smile and beat Notre Dame!
Revision of Hello From the Future: Dymonte Thomas from September 11th, 2011 at 2:18 PM
In the aftermath of yesterday's absurd, mind-blowing, incredible victory, it appeared inevitable that one of the several uncommitted recruits in attendance would get caught up in the excitement and commit to Michigan. That recruit turned out to be 2013 athlete Dymonte Thomas, who hails from Alliance (OH) Marlington and happens to be cousins with one Bri'onte Dunn. Thomas joins Shane Morris in Michigan's class of 2013.
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Player rankings for the 2013 class have yet to be released, but Thomas looks like he'll be at least a four-star when they are, and he's on early watch lists by both ESPN and 247Sports.
Thomas excels at both running back and safety for Marlington, but it appears he'll be a safety at the next level—Scout, Rivals, and ESPN all list him as a safety, while 24/7 has him as a RB/S prospect. There's a fair amount of disparity in terms of his measurables, where he's listed as big as 6'1", 180 pounds (Scout), and as small as 5'11", 167 (Rivals), with the two other services falling in between, though somewhat closer to the former numbers. At that size, he seems to project better as a safety to me.
Sam Webb talked to his high school coach for a Detroit News article in June, and he had this to say about his junior athlete:
"The thing about Dymonte is that he has two more seasons of high school left," Marlington head coach Ed Miley told Scout.com. "If he keeps on going the way he has so far, he could end up as both the leading rusher and tackler in Stark County history. Dymonte does great in the classroom and is very popular with his teammates. I see him as a safety at the next level, but he could do about anything really. (During the spring) he ran a 4.57 electronic 40-yard dash at the Nike Combine in Pittsburgh, so that tells you about his speed. He is a very physical player and a leader on this team."
Thomas not only plays running back and safety at Marlington, but linebacker, defensive end, and even nose tackle(!). This article from Friday Night Ohio highlights his love of defense:
“(Dymonte) is pretty special,” Miley said. “What’s different about him for a skilled kid is how physical he is. People see him and they expect a speed guy. They expect a finesse guy. That’s not him.”
Thomas gets noticed on offense because once he gets into the open field, he’s capable of taking it to the end zone every time. It’s opposing running backs and quarterbacks who should be taking notice.
There may not be a harder hitter in Stark County. If he had to pick one side of the ball to play, and only one, Thomas wouldn’t be a star scoring touchdowns.
“I love defense,” he said. “I just like going out there and hitting people. You see people on ESPN getting hit real hard. Those plays make the highlights. I’d like to be on ESPN one day hitting somebody.”
Meanwhile, Ohio State partisan Duane Long just couldn't figure out in August why Ohio State hadn't extended an offer (and never did, as it turns out):
There is a great deal of talk about the 2013 class. I thought I would get out a few more names and I want to do it by position. I just happened to notice a couple of running backs so I decided to look at them first. Who is number one is pretty obvious. Dymonte Thomas is the number one back in the class. He is also the number one safety in the class. I have said this before and I will say it again, the most puzzling lack of an offer out there is Dymonte Thomas. Look at this film and tell me what I am missing that makes Thomas a player who does not have an early offer.
His offer list is better than most seniors to be and he has not even stepped on the field as a junior. His grades are outstanding. He is know to be a high character kid. His measurables are legit. The argument that the Buckeyes are so deep at running back carries no weight. Thomas may be a better safety than he is a running back. I think he is, and he could not care less which position he plays. Baffling non-offer.
When discussing potential 2013 five-star recruits, Scout's Allen Trieu described Thomas as "a big hitter who can cover as well."
FAKE 40 TIME
PREDICTION BASED ON FLIMSY EVIDENCE
UPSHOT FOR THE REST OF THE CLASS
2013 commit list consists of a top 2 player in Michigan and a top 5 kid in Ohio. Not a bad start...
Dymonte Thomas: “I just like going out there and hitting people."
David Molk: "I like to hit people really f*cking hard."
A great pick-up for Michigan. Thomas sounds like a sure starter in a few years. If we can solve the tailback situation, I'd love to see him at S pairing up with Wilson to give us a really tough tandem there. Now if he can convince his cousin to come here.
Love Duane Long's comments about why TSIO hasn't offered Thomas yet: "I have said this before and I will say it again, the most puzzling lack of an offer out there is Dymonte Thomas." ""
Then he says, "His grades are outstanding. He is known to be a high character kid."
Nice Deduction! That just brought a smile to my face
...echo my sentiments!
Nice write up, this kid looks like a stud.
After he graduates after next year, hope Kovacs can find a way to stay on with the coaching staff to help train Thomas, Wilson, and Gant on how to play safety
if kovacs continues playing like he is he may get a chance at the NFL
Love me some Jordan Brovacs but no, just no.
He's not fast enough for the NFL.
Dont remember which player or at what point in the game, but he ran down one of ND's ball carriers from behind. Don't even remember if it was a rb or wr, but I was amazed. I would have never guessed he had enough speed to run down someone like that.
Kovacs reminds me of Jim Leonhard (#36) of the Jets. Smart, tough, overacheiving. Another guy who was told he was too small and too slow for the NFL but there he is, the starting safety in one of the best defenses in the nfl.
How sweet would it be to actually have a pair of really talented, athletic, smart safeties side by side in a few years. I can't remember the last time Michigan had that.
Ahhhhhh. So nice to be Maize and Blue.
Nice first "Hello:" post, Ace! I particularly appreciate the depth of the "prediction based on flimsy evidence" portion - for those of us who haven't memorized the depth chart by class (yet) it's really helpful to have it spelled out.
The more years I see of recruiting, I think the following is true: OSU will not offer any kid early who they think is a strong UM lean.
Long's statement about their failure to offer Dymonte is just one example. I think OSU coaches suspected what the fan base didn't...that he was never going to consider OSU.
I have only circumstantial evidence for this, but I think it is probably accurate.
So the failure of obtaining a OSU offer, used by bucknuts as an example of a subpar candidate, is more a choice of coaches than actual evaluation of the kid's talent.
I think this is true to a degree and Michigan's guilty of it as well. 2013 example would be Cameron Burrows who is supposedly an OSU lean and possibly a better DB then Dymonte. It's a little baffling that we haven't offered him, considering his ability and that he plays for Trotwood-Madison (Roundtree, Shaw, Koger)
I saw he wasn't offered yet either. However on the front page of Rivals (it was you can view it on his profile here) about how he was at the game last night. So they may be trying to work on him yet.
Is from Toledo and went to Whitmer High School.
Sorry, Brandon Moore.
Superclass 12 was not enough you say? Well why not another with superclass 2013
Step into the light and lets be Dunn with the games.
...with open arms. GO BLUE,Dymonte!
How many do you think we will take in the 2013 class (as things stand today, not considering any dropouts)