Bradley Handwerger / WWLTV.com
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NEW ORLEANS ― From appearances, Les Miles likes brash, young, confident defensive backs.
Patrick Peterson showed a Heisman pose two seasons ago on his way to becoming a high NFL Draft pick.
Tyrann Mathieu earned the nickname Honey Badger for his fearless play on the field.
And now he’s about to add another to that group.
O. Perry Walker defensive back Dwayne Thomas (6-foot-1, 170-pounds) inked his national letter of intent Wednesday morning, officially giving his heart and his love to Miles’ Tigers.
Moments later, he discussed whether LSU’s performance in the BCS title game gave him any pause in signing with it.
“The only thing the BCS championship gave me was that I could have been on the field and I probably could have made a play,” Thomas said.
The answer was a clear no.
He did, however, explain what he would have done to win the game.
“I wanted to see us turn into the Saints offense – five-wide, let’s go, let’s air it out, let’s play seven-on-seven with these guys, let’s make them cover us,” Thomas said.
He added, “I say first play of the game let’s throw a bomb at him. Cornerbacks, we be nervous the first play of the game. Everybody’s hearts pounding. We want to get that first play over. I always say, first play let’s throw a bomb.”
Regardless, Thomas will get a chance to be the next great in a secondary that has continually put out NFL talent year in and year out.
Just getting to play next to Mathieu next season is something he’s looking forward to.
“It’s exciting to see those guys, watching them on TV and being a fan of them and now becoming a brother to them and being a teammate is kind of awesome,” he said.
He’s ready to become part of the tradition that returned to Baton Rouge with Nick Saban and Bo Pelini and has been carried forward by Miles.
“To see that they kept the tradition going on, getting us to the national championship game, was big,” Thomas said.
Now that he’s officially a Tiger, he has a message for those wondering if there will be a step back from this year’s 13-1 showing.
“We’re going to Miami (site of the national title game) this year,” Thomas said. “I already know. I feel it already. With the schedule LSU has, I think this could be a repeat.”