Thomas re-evaluating his recruiting

Peter Thomas will sign his letter of intent in the next seven days. When and with whom remains to be seen. The El Cajon (Calif.) Valhalla quarterback was slated to sign with the Sun Devils today, but will now be visiting Colorado State before making his final decision. Does Thomas still see himself committed to ASU? The signal caller answers that question and more in this Devils Digest interview.

Shortly after the conclusion of the 2009 season, Arizona State decided to part ways with offensive coordinator Rich Olson, a move that has caused the 6-5 218 Peter Thomas to evaluate his original pledge to the maroon and gold.

"I'm still committed to Arizona State," Thomas said. "It's just with the whole offensive coordinator stuff, me and my parents decided to visit Colorado State this weekend. When Coach Olson was let go, I expressed my concerns to Coach (Bryce) Erickson – we talked a lot on the phone. We had a lot of good talks.

"It didn't matter to me that ASU had a bad record. If Coach Olson stayed I wouldn't even be taking this trip (to Colorado State). I had a really good relationship with him and really felt comfortable with him."

Head Coach Dennis Erickson and Coach Bryce Erickson visited Thomas last week to personally discuss the offensive coordinator situation. "It was a real good visit," Thomas remarked. "They talked about where the program is headed and that the offensive scheme wasn't really going to change too much and I definitely trust them."

Colorado State was a school Thomas was considering when he was recruited by ASU, and actually took an unofficial visit to Fort Collins shortly before his commitment to the Sun Devils in mid-June.

"ASU offered me in February and Colorado State offered me in April," Thomas recalled. "After I committed to ASU they backed off and then towards the end of the year they called me seeing if I wanted to take a visit, but I told them I was still committed.

"After Coach Olson wasn't there anymore, I felt that I had to step back and revaluate the situation. I called them just in the last two days saying I wanted to take a visit."

Because Thomas has to sign a letter of intent by the 23rd of this month he indicated that he won't take any other visits and that his decision will come down to the two aforementioned schools.

Coach Bryce Erickson will visit with Thomas later today, and Thomas pointed out that regardless of what will take place in that meeting that he will keep his visit plans.

"I feel that I need to take this visit to make sure that I'm still going to the right place," Thomas explained. "Colorado State runs a pro-style offense and I would really have a good opportunity to prove myself there and play early. But I also feel like I could compete with the three (quarterbacks) Arizona State has right now – they don't have a set starter."

Currently, Thomas feels that he won't make his final decision before middle of next week, and even though his recruitment is really coming down to the wire, so to speak, the quarterback is managing to take it all in stride.

"Obviously I didn't expect all this to happen with Arizona State," Thomas admitted. "But I'm just going to go through the process, take my visit and just re-evaluate everything."

Ironically, Thomas' good friend and Southwestern Junior College wide receiver George Bell will actually sign with the Sun Devils today. Both have been working out together any chance they have, and Thomas indicated that Bell has been very supportive throughout this ordeal.

"He hasn't been pressuring me or anything like that," Thomas said. "We have a good a relationship."


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