May 15, 2008
Thomas is excited about the future
Johnell Thomas story.
Senior captain... Became starter at DT as sophomore... As senior, helped Boone HS to finest campaign in school history... Braves went 14-0, advancing to the Florida 6A state championship game where it fell to nation's No. 1 ranked team, Northwestern HS... Contributed 115 total tackles, 87 solo stops, 13 QB hurries, five QB sacks, three forced fumbles and a pair of blocked punts as senior DT... Named as Florida's all-classification second team All-State DT... Also All-Central Florida, All-Region and All-District recipient... As junior, posted 76 total tackles, 47 unassisted stops and two sacks... As thrower in track & field, finished seventh in shot put at 2007 6A state meet... Also earned pair of letters in weightlifting.
Story from the end..
"Johnell's a very high caliber young man with tremendous integrity," Boone head coach Phil Ziglar said when Thomas signed with Vanderbilt. "Even though life's been tough at times for Johnell, he's a remarkable person, just a very good citizen and a guy with unbelievable work ethic.
"Johnell brings a lot to the football field. He was a tremendous force for our defense, and a big reason why we had the finest season in school history. He is a very physical player that has unbelievable speed for his size. Johnell's also one of those guys that never stops on the field, just an total energy guy."
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