RB Kamani Thomas gets comparisons to Alabama’s Trent Richardson

East Paulding High School tailback Kamani Thomas is compared to Alabama star Trent Richardson by his coach, and that’s not a stretch.

Alabama may be thinking the same, as Crimson Tide running backs coach Burton Burns showed up at East Paulding last week to scout Thomas, who is considered by some to be Georgia’s No. 1 prospect at running back for 2013 (he’s a junior).

“He reminds me of the Richardson kid at Alabama,” East Paulding coach John Reid told the AJC. “He’s got big legs, all the muscles, and the quickness, the power and speed. He’s really quick once he gets his shoulders squared up.”

2013 RB Kamani Thomas of East Paulding HS

2013 RB Kamani Thomas of East Paulding HS

The 5-foot-9, 190-pound Thomas will be the featured player when East Paulding plays North Paulding at 7:30 tonight in Thursday Night Football. The game can be seen live on WSB-TV digital channel 2.2 or at wsbtv.com.

Thomas, who rushed for nearly 2,000 yards last year as a sophomore, has early scholarship offers from Vanderbilt, Mississippi State, Southern Miss, and Troy, along with serious interest from many SEC and ACC schools, including Alabama, LSU and Georgia Tech.

His dream school is Michigan. With East Paulding playing on Thursday, Thomas and his father will fly to Michigan on Friday for an unofficial visit this weekend.

“If it was my choice, I’d sign with Michigan,” Thomas told the AJC. “I’ve always been a Michigan fan. My dad is a Michigan fan. I’ve got a lot of family up there.”

Last week, Thomas made an unofficial visit to Alabama, where he got some one-on-one time with coach Nick Saban. “Coach Saban was really busy after the game, but they got me in to see him. He said he watched my film, and that he liked the way I played.”

Georgia Tech assistant Brian Bohannon also stopped by East Paulding to check on Thomas.

What about UGA? They came by last spring, and Thomas plans to make an unofficial visit to UGA for the Mississippi State game. “They run a lot of I-formation like we do, and I look forward to getting up there and meeting everybody,” Thomas said.

Thomas missed East Paulding’s first three games of the season with a toe injury to his right foot. He could’ve played in all of them but the coaches held him out for last week’s showdown against Kell. Thomas had 22 carries for 142 yards, including a 79-yard touchdown run, in the 34-0 win. “I’m 100 percent, I feel great,” Thomas said.

North Paulding coach Heath Webb was impressed. “Kamani is the complete package at running back. He can outrun you, he can put a move on you, and he can run through you. He can catch the ball out of the backfield well, too. He’s really good.”

Thomas has a 3.3 GPA and plans to study Computer Science or Engineering in college.

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32 comments Add your comment

Throw me a bone

September 22nd, 2011
10:41 am

^^^^^^^You WON^^^^^^^

September 22nd, 2011
10:46 am

You got the bone, but Coach Reids my brother


September 22nd, 2011
10:54 am

Wow. 3.3 GPA and he plans on studying Computer Science or Engineering? Sounds like a win win for Michigan. Hoke will recruit him hard cause Michigan needs as many southerners playing as possible to get that program back to speed.


September 22nd, 2011
11:03 am

UGA needs this guy for Tight End!


September 22nd, 2011
11:21 am

This running back is smart enough to understand that at Alabama he’ll be running behind an talented, well coached, proficient offensive line. At Georgia he would be platooned with two or three other backs and have to make his own holes.

Bama Fan#2

September 22nd, 2011
12:33 pm

The offense line at Alabama is NOT playing to championship form
right now but they do have talent and time to get better before they
play LSU November 5th. Good luck Kamani where ever you play
college football and being compared to Trent Richardson is a honor.


September 22nd, 2011
12:59 pm

duronimo to bad for Bama that Crowell didn’t come to the same conclusion huh? Your D will carry Bama this season as your offense is not very impressive. Even with it’s broken down line Georgia’s offense is better than Alabama’s.


September 22nd, 2011
1:28 pm

uga will drag it’s feet on this kid like they do on most.Just look at the shape their in now with the lb and o-line and rb spots

Tyrone Biggums

September 22nd, 2011
1:55 pm

Sounds like a smart kid. He will fit in nicely at a school like Michigan.

SEC Watch

September 22nd, 2011
2:02 pm

Despite playing 2 top ten teams Georgia is averaging over 40 points a game and should keep it up as the schedule gets easier. A back like Thomas would fit in well in such a prolific offense.


September 22nd, 2011
2:14 pm

probably not going to Ga…as we already have the back from Yulee Fla…we have Crowell…if we get Marshal from NC, and Henry from Fla, we will have the top rated running back in the country three years in a row.


September 22nd, 2011
2:22 pm

So what; I get compared to Trent Richardson a lot. People look at me and say “you’re no Trent Richardson”.


September 22nd, 2011
2:23 pm

SEC watch…

Must say, your class is definitely half full with your post about that “prolific” Georgia offense.


September 22nd, 2011
2:29 pm


Concerning Henry, the running back from Florida.

I have watched Mr. Henry play. He is a straight up runner and very stiff and probably too tall. The kid will most likely become a tight end or play LB on defense in college (if he does not play basketball full time). And….if the Gator football coaches decide they want him….he will be a Gator (and for sure if Donavan offers him). The kid is a huge Gator fan….and has been all his life. But the Gator coaches have told him he won’t play RB at Florida. They see him more as a athlete….and a project.

Really Haters???

September 22nd, 2011
2:35 pm

Dude Henry has been a dawg fan all his life…Really I mean really!

Big Dirty Dawg

September 22nd, 2011
2:43 pm

2013 signing day is still tooooooo far away to make any early determinations!! Theres a few players in the south…who easily stand out!! but no reason to jump on the proverbial bus regarding recruits.


September 22nd, 2011
3:01 pm

As soon as Brady Hoke Offers he will be a WOLVERINE!!! Just talked to a family member and all he needs is the offer and its a done deal. GO BLUE!!!!!


September 22nd, 2011
3:52 pm

Tdawg …………………………..What good is it in having a better offense when your DEFENSE is as sorry as they come.


September 22nd, 2011
3:58 pm

dungforlife, all of your committments will go out the window once the Suntanned One gets fired.


September 22nd, 2011
4:22 pm

We got Dee Hart who had pledged to Michigan. Thomas to Michigan. Fair trade. They will meet first game of 2013.


September 22nd, 2011
4:33 pm

The first part of the video is Freshman team highlights, the second half is Sophomore/Varsity highlights….those are the ones to watch.


September 22nd, 2011
4:38 pm

What channel on UVerse?


September 22nd, 2011
5:03 pm

Last year I told Chip about Sanford Seay from Lee Co, now here is another diamond in the rough, Thomas Wright,LB, at Lee Co. Thomas is a great student, his 4.43 GPA in advanced courses makes him the second ranked student there. Somewhat undersized at 5′10″ but extremely strong and aggressive, Thomas is the leader of the defense. He is a vicious tackler and hits so hard that he has seperated a man from his headgear in all three games so far. Thomas says his idol is Ray Lewis but he reminds me of Curran. Same nose for the football, about the same size, same speed, and he arrives with the same bad intentions. Grantham seems to like bigger players but this kid will play somewhere and he could definately play Mike in a three four or outside in a four three. This kid would be a credit to any college program but so far no D1 offers. You heard it here first.


September 22nd, 2011
5:09 pm

Michigan is a great academic school. Along the lines of Vandy, Duke and UVA. Kid has a bright future. Good luck!!!


September 22nd, 2011
6:27 pm

Here we go this kid draws a trent richardson comparison and the minute this kid doesnt live up to the hype all if the ajc recruiting gurus will drag him through the mud! Good luck young man stay focused and continue to work hard


September 22nd, 2011
6:43 pm

Looks like he could be a big star at the A-Back position at Tech!


September 22nd, 2011
8:43 pm

lol a 5′9 190 pound a-back? good luck with that

Brown Dog

September 22nd, 2011
8:51 pm

Good luck to the young man. And gosh, his coach is right. He and Richardson could be twins — were it not for about 35 pounds of muscle. But I quibble.

I'm Just Saying

September 22nd, 2011
8:55 pm

Son, given your anticipated field of study and your propensity to carry the football I would say your choice is crystal clear…Be a Jacket and your future will always be exemplary.

I'm Just Saying

September 22nd, 2011
8:55 pm

bgdawg you really don’t have a clue do you?


September 22nd, 2011
9:40 pm

Just got done watching him play up at NPHS. He’s not close to Richardson but he’s a dang good back.

Baby Bennett frisky

September 23rd, 2011
8:31 am

He will look good in that crimson uniform.

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