September 12, 2011

Dymonte Thomas will patrol secondary for U-M

Following Saturday night's Michigan victory over Notre Dame, one junior visitor could no longer contain his excitement, and pledged to Brady Hoke's coaching staff. Alliance (Ohio) Marlington athlete Dymonte Thomas joined quarterback Shane Morris (and 2012 greyshirt commit Jeremy Clark) in Michigan's class of 2013.

The 6-2, 180-pound junior is projected on both offense and defense at the next level, depending on whom you ask. Marlington Football Coach Ed Miley says that Michigan's staff sees Thomas patrolling the defensive secondary when he reaches Ann Arbor.

It's easy to understand why his future defensive coordinator was so insistent that Thomas would play on that side of the ball in college. Thomas has the size to play safety - though he's listed on Rivals.com at 5-11, Miley says he's over 6-1.

It's also likely that Thomas hasn't reached his final height.

On top of prototypical size, Thomas has the instincts and athleticism that coaches covet from a safety. In fact, he has played nearly every position on the defensive side of the ball this season. That's all in a day's work for one of Ohio's top junior prospects.

With the speed of a corner and the big-hitting ability of a middle linebacker, Dymonte is an intimidating force in the secondary. As if all that ability wasn't enough, he calls the plays for Marlington's defense, and makes defensive adjustments for the team. One incident in particular stands out.

That play came against a Division-3 team, because Marlington doesn't play against the biggest teams in Ohio. Some might say Thomas hasn't been tested against the best teams. Miley, however, points out that the Dukes play against some of those teams in summer passing leagues, and his star safety excelled.

There's no question in Miley's mind that Thomas is going to be a successful defensive back at the next level. More importantly, he's a high-character young man.

"He's a great kid, man. I've coached a long time and I really like Dymonte a lot. I think you'll like him too."

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