Oxford's Roc Thomas Moves Up Prospect Rankings

The latest Rivals100 presented by Under Armour has been revealed, and with it there are six new five-star prospects and one losing that coveted status. While there aren't as many huge moves as there have been in the past, the addition of six new prospects to the five-star list is a big number for this time of year.

Oxford, Ala. running back Racean "Roc" Thomas leads the new group and makes the biggest move among the new five-stars, jumping 45 spots to No. 12 overall.

"Last year at this time we added four new five-stars and subtracted none to bring us to 26," said Rivals.com National Recruiting Director Mike Farrell. "We're at 28 now heading into our final evaluation period, so this could be a year where we have more than usual. But you also have to keep an eye on some current five-stars who could lose that status. I think the running back position, with the addition of 'Roc' Thomas, is the position to watch. We have six five-stars at the position now, and my assumption is that some of them won't live up to the billing against the best of the best. We'll see."

As for Thomas, Farrell sees a perfect fit for Auburn.

"He's going to be perfect for what Gus Malzahn does there," said Farrell of the Tigers pledge. "He's great in space, he hits the hole hard and he has big-play ability. His senior season was outstanding."

Rivals.com Southeast analyst Kynon Codrington agrees.

"Thomas earned the coveted fifth-star with his gutsy senior campaign that saw him rush for 1,854 yards on 181 carries and 29 touchdowns. He rushed for 185 yards per game at over 10-yards a clip coming off some nagging injuries that slowed him down over the spring and early summer," said Kodrington. "His combination of power running and home run ability could give Malzahn a nice replacement for the departing Tre Mason."

Entire story courtesy: Rivals.com (Tide Sports)


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