The Rhode Island Rams received another signed commitment this morning as part of National Signing Day, this time from safety Naiquan Thomas. The signing was first announced via URI football’s official Twitter account.
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Thomas hails from Englewood, New Jersey, where he’s currently a senior at Dwight Morrow High School. He was a two-way player in high school, excelling as both a running back and a safety for the Maroon Raiders. As a running back, Thomas rushed for over 1,800 yards in his senior year (a single season rushing record for Dwight Morrow) and 19 touchdowns. He also racked up 80 tackles, six forced fumbles, and a touchdown on defense. Thomas received interest from several schools at both positions, but projects as a safety for Rhody.
Which schools, you ask? Well besides Rhody, Thomas also had an offer on the table from Albany. He received interest from several big name schools as well, including Colorado, Penn State, Temple, and Rutgers. Also in the mix were Central Connecticut State, Delaware, Fordham, Hampton, Old Dominion, and Wagner.
Here’s what Rhody head coach Joe Trainer has to say about Thomas:
“We approved Naiquan on both sides of the ball, which doesn’t happen all the time. Usually when you say that to a kid, they want to play running back. He sees himself more as a safety in college, but this is a physical, physical player with great speed.”
Based on everything we can gather, Thomas projects as a real play-maker for Rhody. His speed certainly seems to be his biggest asset, and if he can force turnovers it will be a huge boost for the Rams’ secondary.