Posted On: 09/10/20 11:55 AM

One of Oregon’s fastest rising athletes and defensive prospects, Tyeson ThomasTyesonThomas6'3" | DBLakeridge | 2021StateOR (6-3 205 Safety 21’) of Lakeridge HS, has made the move to Texas and will play for Del Valle HS in Austin.

As many know Tyeson made huge strides during the off season, after an impressive junior campaign, where he made a name for himself in the Three Rivers League. The big Safety prides himself on being one of the most versatile athletes in the Northwest, earning all-conference accolades at CB, while also being very comfortable at the outside linebacker position.

From a recruiting standpoint his ability to play four different spots defensively is very appealing for universities, with D2 Eastern New Mexico recently extending an offer. The move to Texas should also help justify his ability playing against that type of competition.

Speaking on the move and some of his personal expectations Thomas says, “Short term I would like to get my name out there while competing against the best in Texas. Long term we will see, but I was taught education first, and I really like architecture and engineering.”

Tyeson is joined by 2022 rising prospect Jalen EllisJalenEllis6'2" | WRCentury | 2022OR 6-3 180 WR/S of Century HS who also made the move. The stands will be full for multiple reasons, with double digit D1 projected guys, including the nation’s #1 WR for 2022 Caleb Burton also on the Del Valle roster. Burton has been offered by literally everyone, so this could help some of Del Valle’s other athletes indirectly.

Thomas made 60 tackles last year for a Lakeridge team who competed in the toughest conference statewide. That said Texas 6A football is on an entirely different level. Tyeson realizes he will need to come to play every snap with the likes of Lake Travis and Westlake High School as his opponents.

Expect big things from the kid out of Lake Oswego as his stock has risen rapidly. With a good year his film should speak for itself. Separate from football Thomas comes from a great family. You will hear a lot about his little brother Josiah in the years to come as well.

It’s unfortunate the state of Oregon has postponed what the overwhelming majority of other states are successfully proceeding with. Give the Thomas and Ellis family a lot of credit for making the best of the situation, while heading to compete against some of the nation’s top competition.