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Ohio running back Jamir Thomas orally commits to Washington State

Washington State Cougars cornerback Marcus Strong (4) and Washington State Cougars safety Jalen Thompson (34) celebrates after defeating Arizona during the second half of a college football game on Saturday, November 17, 2018, at Martin Stadium in Pullman, Wash. WSU won the game 69-28. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Washington State Cougars cornerback Marcus Strong (4) and Washington State Cougars safety Jalen Thompson (34) celebrates after defeating Arizona during the second half of a college football game on Saturday, November 17, 2018, at Martin Stadium in Pullman, Wash. WSU won the game 69-28. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)

PULLMAN – Jamir Thomas, a highly-touted running back/inside linebacker prospect out of the Akron, Ohio, area, orally committed to the Washington State football program Tuesday afternoon.

Per 247Sports.com, Thomas, a 6-1, 215-pound senior from Washington High in Massillion, Ohio, has 10 other Power Five offers, from Michigan, Michigan State, West Virginia, Ole Miss, Rutgers, Cincinnati, Iowa State, Kentucky, Minnesota and Pittsburgh.

Thomas is a three-star inside linebacker according to 247Sports.com, and a four-star backer per ESPN’s recruiting services, but the Cougars intend to use him as a running back.

Before suffering an ankle injury in a state semifinal game against Cincinnati Winton Woods last Friday – one that will prevent him from playing in the Ohio Division II championship against Archbishop Hoban on Thursday – Thomas was having a record rushing season for the program at Washington High, also known as Washington Massillon.

Prior to the injury, he’d carried the ball 261 times for 1,918 yards and 24 touchdowns for the unbeaten Tigers (14-0). According to the Akron Beacon Journal, Thomas would’ve needed just 58 more rushing yards to match the single-season record.

The new WSU commit already has plenty of school records, though. In four years as Washington’s starter, he set the career mark for rushing yards (4,025 yards), rushing touchdowns (56), rushing attempts (773) and scoring (344 points), according to the Beacon Journal.

The Cougars return both of their rotation running backs next season, freshman Max Borghi and junior James Williams, but lose a depth piece in senior Keith Harrington.

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