Utah Football Receives Commitment From Independence C.C. RB Tavion Thomas

May 8, 2021, 3:35 PM | Updated: 3:43 pm
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Tavion Thomas #5 of the Cincinnati Bearcats runs with the ball against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Ohio Stadium on September 7, 2019 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
(Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The University of Utah football program received a commitment from Independence Community College RB Tavion Thomas.

Tavion Thomas comes to Utah after spending one season at Independence Community College in Kansas. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Pirates are still in the middle of their season. They are 3-2 and have two games remaining on their schedule.

Thomas led ICC in rushing attempts, yards and touchdowns. The Dayton, Ohio native announced his decision via Twitter on Saturday afternoon.

“Would like to announce that I will be committing to the University of Utah,” Thomas tweeted. “It’s been a long time coming, just wanna thank the men above and the ones who have supported me.”

Thomas played in four of the five games this season, racking up 347 yards on 50 attempts for 5 touchdowns. He also has six catches for 58 yards.

In their 31-24 win over Butler Community College in their season opener, Thomas rushed for 196 yards (10.9 yards per carry) on 18 attempts for 3 touchdowns. When they beat Fort Scott CC 84-0, he ran the ball five times for 54 yards and a TD.

ICC suffered their first loss of the season to Garden City Community College, 14-10. Thomas rushed for 62 yards and one score. He didn’t play in their 68-10 win over Highland Community College.

The following week against Hutchinson, Thomas ran for 35 yards on 12 carries. The Pirates have two games left, both on the road against Dodge City Community College on May 9 and Coffeyville Community College.

Independence has been featured for two seasons on the Netflix series “Last Chance U.” Thomas will compete for reps with the Utes that feature Micah Bernard, Oklahoma transfer T.J. Pledger, LSU transfer Chris Curry and 2021 signee Ricky Parks.

Thomas has Division I experience, playing for Cincinnati. Coming out of junior college, Thomas received offers from Akron, UAB, Eastern Kentucky, South Alabama and Utah.

The 6’3 RB spent two seasons with the Bearcats from 2018-19, racking up 689 yards and 7 touchdowns in 14 games played.

Trevor Allen is a Utah Utes Insider for KSLSports.com and host of the Crimson Corner podcast. Follow him on Twitter:ย @TrevorASports.ย You can download and listen to the podcast,ย here.

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