Blue Light Special: Tavierre Thomas.

By: Joe Cardoso

After a while one can get jaded when your scouting career is centered around the most unlikely stories in the NFL draft. But the story of Tavierre Thomas is truly intriguing. He’s one of the most athletic and productive corner backs in this draft class and he’s at Ferris State due to his grades, but not at all in the negative sense.  He actually attended on an academic scholarship, based on his 3.8 GPA in high school, he subsequently walked-on to the football team.

In short order he was one of the best players on a good defense, over the last two seasons 2016-17, Thomas was a Division II All-American who posted 10 interceptions and 38 pass breakups. With six interceptions and 15 pass breakups coming in his final season.  He’s also a sure tackler and most impressive of all, on Pro Day in Ann Arbor on the campus of the University of Michigan be put on a show; he benched 225 for 13 Repetitions: had a Vertical Jump of 33.5″10’00” Broad Jump, he ran the Short Shuttle in 4.38 and the 3-Cone Drill in 7.09 he was measured at 5’10” 202 and his 40 yard dash times ranged from 4.38 to 4.44. His athletic testing makes him one of the most athletic defensive back prospects at any level. from any school.  Get to know Tavierre Thomas.

1. I have had the pleasure of watching your career from your time Ferris State University.   What would you say are the 5 biggest and best lessons you’ve learned on your journey?

Hard work pays off, trust your coaches
Play your role throughout the whole process
Take care of your body by lifting weights to help prevent injuries and lastly
Have a short term memory when you mess up on a play. 

2. The next question, you played for Ron Henry at Detroit Allen Academy High School, what was that program like and what kind of coach was he?

The program was really a team with all basketball players expect {sic} [except] me. My coach really let me call the offense and he took care of the defense. My sophomore year we were an average team and my junior and senior year we were pretty good, just because of the guys had chemistry with each other on and off the field.

3. Who were your major rivals in High School and College?

In High School our rival was Detroit Community and in college Grand Valley State. 

4. Detroit Michigan is loaded with talent, who are some of the best players you played with or against while you were in college, high school or growing up?

Desmond King, Jordan Lewis, Malik McDowell, John Kelly, Angelo White, James Ross, and a lot more. 


5. What was your recruitment process like, who was interested and how did you choose your school

University of Iowa and Central State were the only teams showing interest in me and I ended up at Ferris because I could not get an 18 on my ACT but my GPA was a 3.8, so Ferris State  gave me a scholarship for my grades because my school was a charter school and Ferris State Chartered my school. Then I walked-on to the team. 


6. What was the best game and the biggest play you made as a high school player?

I would have to say my senior year, Homecoming game, versus Detroit Community when I caught the game winning interception in overtime to get the victory.

7. What was you big “Welcome to College Football” Moment? 

We were at practice and we were in pads tagging off and one of the running backs lowered there {sic} [their],shoulder and ran me over. That’s when I knew I had to hit the weights. 

8. What is your current height/weight and what are your testing numbers?

5’10” 204 lbs and I ran a 4.38 (40), Broad Jumped a 10’0”, 35 inch vertical and I don’t know the other numbers.

9. How have the systems and staffs at at your school impacted your development?

They did a tremendous job showing me how to be a man.

Growing up I never had a father so when I got to college my defensive back coach(Ryan Hoges), {sic} [Ryan Hodges] showed me the ropes and never let me slack at not just football but in school and with off the field altercations. My coaching staff showed me how to be family oriented and how to win in football and in Life. 

10. Which coaches have had the greatest impact on you and why?

Coach Hoges [Ryan Hodges], because he never let me slack at nothing in life and he always pushed me to be the best football player and student I could be. 

11. How hard was to adjust to the verbiage, system and play-book and when did you feel 100% comfortable?

It was pretty hard for me because In High School my team never watched film and the only coverage we played was man. Once I learned all the terminology the coaching staff was using, everything else came natural. So that’s when I was a 100% comfortable. 

12. Who have been your favorite teammates, and why?

Jevonte Alexander because we were two of the only defensive backs that were playing as freshman so we would study the playbooks together and get extra work in to try to beat out the older guys that were in our cornerback positions. Then we both started 3 straight years, all because of the extra work we put in to get to the top.  Malik Taylor because we would always go at each other 100% in practice to push each other to play our hardest, so in the game it would come easy to us and lastly, one of my close friends Malik Hazzard. Malik is a special guy who pushed me in the classroom and on the field. He didn’t let me slack in the weight room or nothing else, including 2k. He wasn’t the best player on the field but you couldn’t tell if you watched him work on and off the field. He’s just a great guy. 

13. Who have been your favorite opponents and why?

Grand Valley because we are rivals and we both come to play. They have big, fast, go up and get it receivers that block till {until} the whistle. So it was always hard playing those guys.

14. If you could put together a list of your favorite players to watch or emulate, who is on that list and why?

Patrick Peterson, and Ed Reed, because it seems like they know every play. So what that shows me is that they watch a lot of film. They might have a bad play from time to time, but they always bounce right back. When watching these two guys it’s like there {sic} [they’re],always early and always stay late.

15. What NFL teams are your favorites and why?

Arizona Cardinals because they seem like a family oriented team, Detroit Lions because it’s my hometown team and my favorite player to ever play the game played for those guys, (Barry Sanders) and lastly the Patriots because they know how to win with the somewhat small names.

16. Which NFL players do you think your game most closely resembles and why?

Xavier Rhodes because he’s a tackling cornerback, and Ed Reed because he comes to hit and that’s what I love to do.  

17. When football is over what would you like to do with your education?

I would like to go to law school. 

18. Finally if you could go back in time to talk to 17 year-old you, what would you tell him?

HIT THE WEIGHTS”. I would tell him that because o [I] would have never gotten ran [run] over my freshman year lol and I probably would have gotten more offers if I took the whole process serious. 

19. And what would you do differently if you could do it all over again?

Nothing. Just hit the weights. 

20. What [if any] is/are your nickname[s] and how did you get it/them?

Black Magic’ because I was a darker skinned kid who was really fast like Magic is what my PAL coaches told me. 


William Carroll
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am now in my fourth decade as a published writer. The Answer Newspaper first carried my sports column over 30 years ago; additionally, I am a published poet, playwright, and military historian. I am a founding member of MPAACT. I have also written for Black Sports Online, Football Reporters Online, and oversaw HBCU Scouting for Consensus Draft Services. Currently, Consensus Draft Services is in a content providing relationship with My broadcasting career is also long established. I have co-hosted “Local Color” on WEFT, “The Draft-Tastic 4,” and the Sports Chronicles Radio Network. I hosted “Feeling A Draft” and CDS “Pro Prospects Radio.” I have also taught broadcasting at Kennedy-King College.

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