Last month it was reported that Derrion Thomas — son of Chiefs great Derrick Thomas — had narrowed his college choices down to Alabama and Missouri, but that he was leaning toward the Tigers. This morning comes word that Thomas has decided to walk on at Mizzou.
Thomas, whose five-sack game against Rockhurst quarterback (and University of Illinois recruit) Nathan Scheelhaase in a stunning 14-9 state quarterfinal win made him one of the most sought after seniors in the metro area will be joining former teammates, including current No. 3 QB Blaine Dalton, in Columbia after completing some summer classes at Longview Community College.
“I’ve talked to Blaine a couple of times this summer, but we never really talked football. (Running back) Winston (Wright) is going to Missouri and is going to walk on and we’ve talked some. I want to play, and it would be nice to play close to home and for a team that’s had so much success. I just talked to the Missouri coaches last week, and we’re getting it all worked out.”
Thomas said he is taking classes at Longview to get him prepared for college life.
“I need to see what that college studies are all about. I know it’s a lot more laid back in the summer than it will be at Missouri, but at least I’m taking some classes and getting myself ready for that part of college.”
The night Thomas recorded five sacks against Rockhurst, he wore his father’s No. 58 shoulder pads. The younger Thomas will donate those pads to the Hall of Fame when he travels there for the induction ceremony next month.
“I felt like my dad was with me that night against Rockhurst and I know he’ll be with me in Canton.”
I wish more kids — athletes and otherwise — would follow Thomas’ lead and take classes over the summer to help with the adjustment to college life. I am really looking forward to Derrion’s speech at his father’s Hall of Fame induction ceremony and how cool will it be to see him run out onto the field at Arrowhead when Missouri takes on Kansas on Nov. 28?