Dayton Dunbar running back Tavion Thomas decommitted from Oklahoma on Monday.
He released the news via Twitter.
Hardest decision ever . pic.twitter.com/UsOi3cRTI5
— lackofworries?? (@tavionthomas937) January 29, 2018
Thomas (6-2 232) committed to Oklahoma in June while holding offers from Alabama, Georgia, Ohio State, LSU, Michigan, USC, Oregon, and Texas. He is rated as a 3-star prospect and the No. 17 running back in the 2018 class, as well as the No. 13 player in the state of Ohio per the 247Sports Composite.
The most interesting part of this decommitment is that 247Sports is now reporting that Thomas will be taking an official visit to Ohio State this weekend, just nine days before signing day.
Thomas was a First-Team All-State selection each of the last two seasons for Dunbar with a running style similar to that of former Buckeye tailback Chris Wells.
Ohio State offers Dayton tailback Tavion Thomas, who resembles Beanie Wells right here. pic.twitter.com/cDTVvTbp2k
— Tony Gerdeman (@TonyGerdeman) February 18, 2017
The reported official visit is certainly an eye opener for the Buckeyes, who have already signed running backs Brian Snead and Master Teague, as well as H-back Jaelen Gill.
Ohio State is very close to topping out in terms of numbers, but Urban Meyer has said in the past that they always hold open a spot or two for Ohioans who decide late in the process to be Buckeyes, or get offered after or during their senior season. For Thomas, he has been offered for nearly a year, but something has clearly happened to bring the mutual interests back together again.
As a runner, Thomas is a big, powerful back. He runs through arm tackles with ease and has enough speed to turn a short gain into a large one. He shows patience at the line of scrimmage and waits for a hole. Once it opens, he hits it. He gets his knees up as well, which helps him run through tackles and keeps him from getting tripped up.
You can check out some of his highlights below.
Tavion Thomas Highlights
[Tavion Thomas photo courtesy 247Sports.]