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Only Jaymon Thomas Days Until USF Football Season

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#18 finds himself in the middle of a three-way battle to be USF’s starting strong safety.

NCAA Football: South Florida at Central Florida Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

(EDITOR’S NOTE: True freshman receiver DeVontres Dukes also wears #18, but as is tradition around here, we’re going to catch all the 2016 signees in one mass post when we have time, which is not right now.)

#18 S Jaymon Thomas
Sophomore, 6’3", 196 lbs.

2015 Stats: Jaymon played in six games as a true freshman and made all seven of his tackles against Florida A&M (two) and UCF (five).

Position on Depth Chart: Thomas was listed as the starting strong safety following spring practice.

How He Came To USF: Jaymon played at Immokalee High School, along with USF teammates D’Ernest Johnson, Deadrin Senat, and Jimmy Bayes. He broke out as a senior with 124 tackles, two forced fumbles, two blocked kicks, and an interception he returned 64 yards for a touchdown. Being such a late bloomer, Jaymon didn’t have too many offers, and chose USF over Illinois and Navy.

Jaymon’s senior year highlight reel is below:

Recruiting Rankings: Jaymon was a two-star recruit at 247, Rivals, and Scout. ESPN did not give a rating.

Projected Playing Time: Thomas is nominally the starter, but remember what we said back when we profiled Malik Dixon at #34. Both of them have to compete with true freshman Craig Watts for that spot now that he’s on campus. Everyone will probably get some early playing time, but whoever doesn’t win the starting job will need to play special teams to get regular action after that.

Follow Him On... Jaymon has a protected Twitter at @ThomasJaymon, and a private Instagram at j.thomas18. Proceed with caution.