Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: Kansas State just landed an underrated, athletic, technically raw recruit, that will likely turn in to a nightmare for offensive coordinators all over the Big 12. Pretty familiar, yeah? Bill Snyder certainly has a type when it comes to his recruits, and yesterday evening, he landed another prototypical Kansas State recruit in Atlanta cornerback EJ Thomas. It’s rare to see Kansas State extending their recruiting footprint outside of the Big 12 and midwest footprint, but the Wildcats absolutely love his game, and couldn’t pass up extending an offer.
— EJ Thomas ⚔️ (@EJThomas_2) July 23, 2017
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Thomas is the fifth commit in Kansas State’s 2018 class, by far the smallest in the Big 12, and the fourth defensive back. He joins Wayne Jones, Lance Robinson and Tancey Richardson in the defensive backfield in this class, though he is the only true cornerback, as the others are likely safeties at the next level. Kansas State will likely look to add at least one more cornerback, but if they don’t, Lance Robinson may ultimately join Thomas at the cornerback spot in Manhattan.
Thomas picked Kansas State over offers from Appalachian State, Ball State, Chattanooga and Troy. The Wildcats extended his first offer back in May, and has been recruiting him heavily since then. He was on campus at Kansas State recently, and it was that visit that ultimately sold him on playing for the Wildcats. Associate head coach Sean Snyder and cornerbacks coach Tom Hayes led the way on this recruitment, and are both big fans of EJ’s game.
It’s easy to see the raw potential and athleticism that makes Kansas State like EJ so much. He’s a very big hitter, and runs a sub 4.5 40 time. That athleticism and willingness to hit makes it very easy to envision him as a future number one cornerback someday. He has good size for a corner, and all the other intangibles an elite cornerback needs. The only issue is that he’s going to need some time to develop his skills. While he has the athleticism to play in the Big 12, he doesn’t have the technique or nuances of the position needed to thrive at a power five school. Kansas State is excellent at developing players, and with a coach like Tom Hayes teaching him, EJ will likely be a starting cornerback for Kansas State in a few years. His ceiling comparison is Aqib Talib.