Malcolm Thomas talked about the importance of his team getting a win in the season opener last week versus a city rival.
"We lost to them last year and want to get the burden off our back," he said of a bitter 10-9 setback at the hands of Forest Hill in 2011.
Thomas and his teammates took care of business and are off to a 1-0 start after defeating Forest Hill on August 17th, 33-29.
"I had 30 tackles as a junior with two kick returns for touchdowns," he said. "I ran in the 5A state track meet on our 4 X 200 relay team."
The 6-0, 180-pounder has been clocked at 10.69 in the 100 meters. He ran a 4.49 in the 40-yard dash at Auburn.
"My strength is my coverage skills," Thomas said. "I can play the deep third of the field, and I can play the flats. I'm good at man-to-man. On kick returns, I shoot for an opening and have the vision to go all the way."
Thomas plans to attend a home game at Auburn this fall. He reports interest from Southeastern Louisiana, Louisiana Tech, Mississippi State, Southern Miss, Ole Miss, Auburn and the UL Ragin' Cajuns.
"I'd love to get an offer from Southern Miss or LSU," he said. "To be honest, I hope to get an offer from Southern Miss but I'll go to whatever school likes me the best. I love LSU's defense and the way their corners play."
What does Thomas want people to know about him?
"I'm a hard worker," he stated.
Provine went 6-6 and reached the playoffs in 2011. The Rams meet yet another Jackson program, Jim Hill (0-1), this week. Thomas and the Rams emerged victorious last year vs. Jim Hill in a 23-18 nailbiter.