Oxford star, Auburn commit Thomas hailed as state's best

Oxford star, Auburn commit Thomas hailed as state's best


Oxford star, Auburn commit Thomas hailed as state's best


Racean Thomas, already showing off his college colors, added some gold Wednesday, too.

The Oxford running back won the state’s Mr. Football award while dapperly attired in an orange and blue bow tie.

Thomas, who long ago said he will sign with Auburn in February, put on public display one of his Christmas gifts, though he’s unable to say who bequeathed it to him.

“I just open my presents. I don’t look at the names anymore,” Thomas said. “I was just tearing everything open.”

Thomas, after tearing through open holes for Oxford, hopes to do the same quickly at Auburn.

When he signs, he’ll be the second straight Mr. Football to go to the Tigers, joining former G.W. Carver quarterback Jeremy Johnson.

“It’s kind of bragging rights for me and him,” Thomas said. “This puts a lot of pressure on me right now. I have to stay focused and keep working out.

“Going into next season, I have to fill some big shoes.”

Thomas ran for more than 2,200 yards and 32 touchdowns as a senior. In his career, he had almost 6,200 yards rushing and 82 touchdowns and was a three-time All-State player.

He’s Oxford’s first Mr. Football.

“I’m happy for him. I’m happy for his teammates, for Oxford High School and for Oxford, Alabama,” Oxford coach Ryan Herring said. “I think it’s great he’s going to Auburn because he could have gone anywhere, from coast to coast, and he chose Auburn.

“I grew up an Alabama fan, but I hope he does great things at Auburn.”

Thomas pulled 15 of 17 first-place votes to finish ahead of Calera’s Ronnie Clark and Auburn High’s Rashaan Evans. Clark says he’ll sign with Alabama. Evans, a highly coveted defensive lineman, is uncommitted.

“I don’t know if I was surprised to win, but I was amazed,” Thomas said. “It’s amazing to win something like this. It’s great for me and a great accomplishment for my team.

“I couldn’t have accomplished anything without my coaches and especially my offensive line. They did a great job.”

Thomas was already feeling some of the excitement from home, though he was at the RSA Activity Center. It came from his pocket.

“My phone is vibrating as we speak,” Thomas said. “It’s probably going to be crazy when I get home.”


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