Backup middle linebacker behind senior Avery Williamson ... Proved to be a capable reserve during his first season ... Older brother of new UK freshman signee Khalid Thomas.
2012 (Freshman): Played in 10 games as a reserve linebacker and on special teams ... Top game was four tackles at Florida.
High School: A tackling machine at Godby HS in Tallahassee, Fla. ... Totaled 142 tackles as a senior ... Helped team to a 9-3 record and a spot in the second round of the state playoffs ... Had 160 stops as a junior, leading the state in tackles, and was named the Area Defensive Player of the Year by the Tallahassee Quarterback Club ... One of the nation's top 40 inside linebackers by Rivals.com, 24/7 Sports and ESPN ... Three-year starter who earned all-district honors each year ... Also played fullback and tight end on offense ... Played for winning North team in the Florida North-South All-Star Game sponsored by the Florida Athletic Coaches Association ... Coached by Ronnie Cottrell ... Ran the 100-meter dash for the track and field team ... Honor-roll student.
Personal: Born in Tallahassee, Fla. ... Name is pronounced "kah-DEEM" ... Son of Michelle Richardson and Eric Thomas ... Interested in a major in education.