Boston College, Iowa State and Connecticut are three of the six schools vying for University senior cornerback Noble Thomas Jr.

  One of Central Florida’s top cornerbacks will lock down his college future in an exclusive, first-person story for the USA TODAY Network at noon Wednesday.

  Orange City University’s Noble Thomas Jr.?— a first-time Volusia-Flagler All-Area Defensive Honoree in his junior year?— is set to announce his choice from a top-six that includes Boston College, Connecticut, Iowa State, Mississippi State, Oregon State and West Virginia.

  The 6-foot-1, 185-pound Thomas’ stock skyrocketed following a 2020 season in which he allowed only four completions on 24 targets in coverage. He broke up eight passes and added?two interceptions.

  He’s shown himself to be a dangerous playmaker with the ball in his hands, too.

  Thomas returned a kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown in a regular season contest last season at Flagler Palm Coast?and snatched a 30-yard TD reception over two defenders in a May 28 spring exhibition against Mainland.

  Since the NCAA’s lengthy recruiting?dead period, prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic, came to an end on June 1, Thomas has hit the road for four official visits: Iowa State (June 4-6), Oregon State (June 11-13), Boston College (June 18-21) and Connecticut (June 23-25).

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  Thomas is ranked a three-star prospect by both Rivals and 247Sports, with the latter recruiting service ranking him 92nd among all cornerbacks in the country and 141st among all players in the state.

  Brian Kells, University’s head coach since 2013, said a Division I program?is?getting a “great leader, a hard worker and a very physical, athletic DB.”

  ”He can run with anybody, along with being long and strong. And he’s got a very high football IQ,” Kells added.

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