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October 17, 2010
Monday commitment update
Memphis, Tennessee athlete Tino Thomas has been committed to Tennessee for just over a week and he's still really excited about his freshly made commitment. With all the hoopla now behind him, he's focused on getting his Melrose team into the playoffs and hopefully making a long postseason run.
"We have to come together," Thomas said. "We have to keep working extra hard and quit playing so up and down. We need to play as a team and as one and not play as a bunch of individuals. Just play hard each and every Friday night."
Melrose is 4-4 on the season with two games left. They are coming off a 21-17 win over Hamilton where Thomas ran for 190 yards on 20 carries and one touchdown. He also had seven tackles and an interception on defense."
"I've been playing really good," Thomas said. "I just need to play excellent and be the leader of our team. I want our team to get to the next level and for that to happen I have to really start playing my best game because I want to get to state and win a gold ball. I'm playing well on both sides, but I can always get better and improve."
For Thomas, it all starts during the days leading up to the game. Practicing well is essential to playing well under the Friday night lights.
"Practice makes perfect," Thomas said. "If you don't practice all out then it won't come to you easy in the game. Practicing like it's the game, makes the game easier. I give 110% every time I'm on the field. Just like a real game."
He's not talking to many prospects, but he is chatting fellow Memphis native and Tennessee target Cameron Clear. He doesn't let many days go by without letting Clear know he's wanted on Rocky Top.
"I'm in Cam's ear," Thomas said. "He was asking me why I chose Tennessee and I just told him that it was the right place for me. I don't pressure him because it's his decision and I want to let him make it for himself, but I'm always talking Tennessee up. I hope he'll join me in orange."
Thomas will be taking the SAT on Saturday morning. After the test is over, he hopes to make it up to Knoxville for Tennessee's game against Alabama. Clear is also hoping to make that trip and it's possible that they could make the ride together.
The decision for Thomas to make his college destination orange clad was simple.
"I'm from Tennessee," Thomas said. "That's a big part because it's a pride thing. We have a good program and a very tradition rich program. It was the right choice for many reasons. My position in the secondary was also a big part. I just can see myself there for the next four years."
The Vols are recruiting Thomas to play defensive back and return kicks on special teams.