HIBRITEN FOOTBALL: Thomas signs to play at Western Carolina (photo)

Hibriten High’s Skylin Thomas (center) signed Wednesday to play college football at Western Carolina. He’s pictured with, front row, his mother, Ledra (left) and father, Monty (right); back row, athletic director and offensive coordinator Derek Reeves, defensive coordinator Sam Mackey, head coach Clay Lewis, defensive backs coach George Christas, running backs coach Jimmy Watkins and principal David Colwell./HIBRITEN HIGH PHOTO


LENOIR – Skylin Thomas, who sparked Hibriten High as it went 14-1 last season, signed Wednesday to play college football at Western Carolina.

Thomas, a 5-foot-10, 188-pound running back-strong safety, signed in grant-in-aid at Hibriten.

He had 24 carries for 330 yards and three touchdowns this season and also caught 13 passes for 273 yards with four scores.

Defensively, Thomas had 46 solo tackles, made 13 hits for lost yardage, had one sack and one interception and blocked one field goal.

He was also a big part of Hibriten’s kicking return game with five kickoff returns and eight punt returns for 511 yards.

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