VUNSD2012 Ja'karri
6'1 | 200


Godby HS | Tallahassee, Fla.
Head Coach: Ronnie Cottrell
Selected Vanderbilt over Arkansas, Ole Miss, Kentucky, Miami (Fla.), Stanford and Maryland among others
Watch Highlights | Signing Day Central

Photo Credit: Jim Lamar/Tallahassee Democrat
HIGH SCHOOL   Senior co-captain... Four-year defensive starter for 5A school, seeing action along the defensive front and linebacker positions... As senior OLB/DE, posted 57 tackles, five QB sacks and an interception for 9-3 squad that advanced for second straight year to second round of 5A state playoffs... Earned First Team 5A All-State and All-Area as senior... Had 73 tackles, 6.5 sacks and pair of forced fumbles as junior... Started at DE as true freshman, helping Godby advance to state finals... Earned three letters as sprinter in track & field and two letters on weightlifting team... Earned Leon County School District's Dale Doss Courage Award as senior.

PERSONAL  Ja'karri Mar'quise Thomas... Son of Morris Knight and the late Catina Ponder... Born Aug. 15, 1993... Has four younger siblings: two brothers, E'yelle, and E'manuel; and two sisters, O'sha and I'mani.

GODBY HEAD COACH RONNIE COTTRELL  "I've been coaching since 1979, and Ja'karri is one of the most special young men I have ever had. He'll be special at Vanderbilt from the day he comes in.

"Ja'karri is a high character kid and natural born leader. He's one of those kids who commands respect, a team guy that leads by example. He's just a winner.

"On defense, if we had a weakness at a position, we covered it up with Ja'karri. He's a tough, athletic, and very aggressive player."

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