September 30, 2011

From the film room: Dymonte Thomas

With so many 2011 highlights, we've kept our talent evaluator busy the past few weeks. Today, he breaks down the film of 2013 commitment Dymonte Thomas from Marlington's Sept. 29 contests against Louisville ...

Strengths: Thomas passes the Division I eyeball test with ease because of his speed and size. He is just under 6-0 tall and shows great field speed on both sides of the ball. As a ball carrier, he shows a great ability to find the crease and get up field. Once he finds the open space, he not only out runs defenders, he pulls away from them on his way to the end zone.

As a defender, Thomas shows a high level of assignment awareness while he plays. His head is constantly scanning the field, which demonstrates good football awareness. He also shows good tackling skills as he looks to wrap up ball carriers around their midsections and drive his legs on contact.

Areas of Improvement: Like all young players that transition their game to the college level, Thomas will need to get stronger to battle with Big Ten opponents. He is listed at 167 pounds. His playing weight and strength will improve as he is still just a junior in high school.

He will also need to improve his ability to use his hands to defend blocks. Many young players have the bad habit of using their forearms when making contact. Forearms don't shed blocks and they don't keep blockers off as well as strong hands and arms.

College Projection: Cornerback

Michigan Player Comparison - Donovan Warren: Warren had all the tools for success when he arrived at Michigan and was a pretty good player. The key difference is that Thomas will get much better coaching than Warren received from the previous coaching staff. Thomas is virtually the same height and weight as Warren when he came out of high school.

The bottom line: Dymonte Thomas has all the tools to have success at Michigan. This young player does a nice job of setting the tempo for his teammates and playing smart football. He does a nice job of bursting to the ball when he plays defense. In other words, he doesn't sit back and wait for the ball to come to him and then tackle. He closes the space in front of the ball and tackles up field saving yardage in the process.

Head Coach Brady Hoke will continue to stock the Michigan roster with tough-minded football players that play an aggressive style of game. Hoke will also improve the overall size of the Michigan football team and Thomas fits the size of defensive back U-M needs.

Thomas likes the heavy contact but also plays smart and seems to be constantly aware of his assignments. Keep in mind that this young man has only just began his junior year of high school. He has plenty of room to grow and improve his already good game.

Our talent evaluator is a former All-Big Ten performer for the Maize and Blue.


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