Name: Ty Thomas
Hometown: Lubbock, Texas
School: Cooper High
Position: Bandit safety
Weight: 193 pounds
Scout ranking: No. 81 safety nationally, No. 13 safety in the Midland region
Scholarship offers: ASU, Arkansas, West Virginia, Texas Tech, Oklahoma State, Washington State, Wake Forest.
Favorite food: Lasagne
Favorite drink: Lemonade
Favorite movie: Scarface
Favorite type of music: Rap
Favorite female celebrity: Jennifer Aniston
Favorite sports memory: "Probably my sophomore playoff game against Aledo. They were the state champions that year so it was kind of a big game for me. I had just started playing my best football during the playoffs. That was a fun game for me."
On the first time he knew he was good enough to play at the next level: "I think at the beginning of my junior season, I started putting up good stats and my film was starting to come together quite a bit. I kind of felt like I'd have a chance. I've always had an idea, just kind of where I kind of new that I could play at the next level, but it was probably my junior year. I've been dreaming about it since I was a little kid, of course."
On moving to ASU and being on his own: "It's crazy, I actually moved from Amarillo which is about two hours north of here in Lubbock just a couple of years ago so I've made a little move. But I definitely haven't made the 11-hour move I'm about to make so I'm excited. I'm just excited about developing myself honestly. I'm ready to get in the weight program and to see myself start developing and changing over these next few months and seeing what kind of player I turn into."
Why ASU: "I just love how they run the program. I love Coach Graham. It's definitely a program that's going to build and rise and I think we have a good shot to compete for that Pac-12 Championship."
On how he'll approach his first year: "Of course the main goal is to get on the field, but I'll really fill any role I need to fill. I'm definitely shooting for the top, but I know what'll be best for the team. Whatever happens, happens. I'm excited."
Why he enrolled early: "Definitely just giving me that head start, kind of being in the area I do live in, I really don't get as much exposure as the metroplex areas in Dallas and that area so I'm really looking forward to getting around those high-caliber guys and developing myself as much as I can."