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MVP award highlights special talent in Menlo-Atherton’s Thomas

Skyler Thomas was the Defensive Back MVP at the Xclusive Speed Bay Area Top 100 Showcase. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo
Skyler Thomas was the Defensive Back MVP at the Xclusive Speed Bay Area Top 100 Showcase. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo

From an early age, the writing was on the wall: Skyler Thomas was going to be a special football player.

The Menlo-Atherton senior defensive back, who started playing football at 5 years old, knew just a  couple of years into his playing days on the gridiron that this was a path he wanted to go down and hopefully take beyond just the high school realm. 

“I realized I could probably be special around 7, 8,” Thomas said. “That’s kind of when I knew what I wanted, what I really wanted to do.”

Since those young days of strapping on the helmet and competing, Thomas was developing into the focused and dominant player he is today at one of Northern California’s top programs.

And it all displayed itself at Saturday’s Xclusive Speed Bay Bay Area Top 100 Showcase.

During the entirety of the morning at the Bay Area Top 100 Showcase, Thomas delivered countless plays at his position against a lineup filled with some of the country’s top players and came away with an award at the end by being selected by the coaching staff as the Defensive Back MVP.

That provided further proof of where Thomas is today and should be another boost for him going forward on the recruiting trail and heading into his senior season in what is now the 2021 schedule.

“It tells me that what I’m doing on the field and off the field is working,” Thomas said. “It helps me out a lot.”

College recruiters have expressed interest in Thomas joining their programs as well.

Tabbed as a three-star recruit by 247Sports and the No. 178 cornerback nationally in the 2021 class, Thomas received his first offer from UNLV back on June 10.

Since the UNLV offer and since his junior year came to a close, Thomas has continually progressed, whether that’s honing in on technique, press coverage and playing off coverage – all important aspects for playing the positions he does as a cornerback, safety and in the nickel.

“Feetwork is faster,” Thomas said. “Technique is better. I’m getting more in and out of my breaks faster.”

With his final high school season a few months away, Thomas is gearing up for more success before he embarks on becoming a college football player.

Menlo-Atherton isn’t far removed from a 13-2 record and a CIF Division 3-AA state title in 2018 – aspirations Thomas and the Bears have for the 2021 spring calendar.

“Goals are to win a state championship for the team,” Thomas said. “Also come together as more of a team and get things going. And then for myself it’s just to keep pushing myself in the classroom, keep going and then eventually go off to college.”

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