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Two-sport standout in Thomas

Provine (Miss.) High School's Malcolm Thomas has enjoyed success in a pair of sports throughout his prep career. Still ahead for the 2013 prospect is his senior season on the track and field circuit, too.

On the gridiron, the 5-foot-11 and 175-pound Thomas lined up at several positions and played a big role in a couple of areas.

"I played a lot of positions but mainly cornerback and kick returner," said Thomas. "Cornerback was my main position and I returned kickoffs the whole season. I ended up with 56 tackles and one interception and forced three fumbles. I do like being out there at corner and my speed allows me to use different ways to cover people."

That speed also allowed Thomas aid Provine's track squad last year and will again this season. He helped Provine capture the Class 5A title in the 4 x 200 really event last year and also competes in the 100 and 200 meters, and on the 4 x 100 relay team. He noted his best 100 meters time thus far is 10.6 along with his personal-record 21.9 in the 200 meters.

At the next level Thomas plans to compete in both sports.

"I definitely want to play football and run track," said Thomas. "I will do both of those in college and just keep training myself like always."

Also concerning that next level, Thomas noted he received early recruiting interest and also has numerous junior college offers.

"I've heard from some schools early on and then I went to Auburn's camp last summer," said Thomas. "I did excellent there and late in camp, the coaches put me in a group of the Top 5 defensive backs there. It felt good to be in that group, too, because there were a bunch of guys there. Auburn sent me a lot of letters after that but nothing major like an offer.

"But I do have offers from East Mississippi (CC), Hinds, CoLin and Holmes and other junior colleges."

Thomas also has a family connection with Mississippi State, as well. His father is a well-known name among Bulldog fans and if he does go the junior college route, he hopes to catch MSU's interest.

"My dad - Tony James - played at Mississippi State," said Thomas. "I haven't heard from Mississippi State but I definitely like the school. My dad talks about his time there and how good it was. Hopefully, I start to hear from them if I go to junior college and that would be good."

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