Getting to know: Ty Thomas

Even though his uncle played in the NFL and his father played at Texas Tech, it took ASU safety signee Ty Thomas until his junior season to convince himself he was talented enough to play major conference college football.

Name: Ty Thomas

Hometown: Lubbock, Texas

School: Cooper High

Position: Bandit safety 

Height: 5-foot-11

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."

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