Cartrell Thomas named a top six list Sunday evening, mere hours before Lancaster (Texas) High School's "Midnight Madness" kickoff practice to start the 2016 season.
Thomas named Boise State, Texas Tech, Colorado, Illinois, Utah, and Texas State as his top six schools. He told Scout in the wee hours of Monday morning following Lancaster High's practice that Boise State is 1 of 2 schools in that top six that "will definitely" get a visit.
The 5-foot-9, 160-pound Thomas got the Boise State offer in late July, so it's the most recent offer he's earned.
"Well when I first got the offer, all the coaches made me feel welcome. They sent me pictures, edits, all that," Thomas said. "Ever since I got the offer I’ve been getting hit up by all the coaches, not just the receivers coach. All the coaches. They love me and they love what I can bring to the table.
"They just wanna get me up there bad, so I gotta check that place out."
Thomas, Scout's No. 20 receiver in a loaded 2017 in-state wideout class in Texas, added that Boise State's staff believes he can move around the formation and play inside and outside, something he does often for Lancaster High School, which he helped to a 10-4 record and a Texas Class 5A Division II state quarterfinal appearance in 2015.
During that 14-game run, Thomas thrived, leading Lancaster with 54 catches for 943 yards. His 11 touchdown grabs were second on the team to only Omar Manning, the No. 1 receiver in the state of Texas for 2017.
Two of Thomas' six finalists are in-state schools, including the aforementioned Texas Tech Red Raiders. Thomas said proximity to home is not as big a deal as some may think.
"I haven’t (visited anywhere that far from home), but I’m not afraid to move far away from home," Thomas said. "I feel I need to be in the best program that can take me to the next level in my education and my football career."
With his top group of schools decided and two schools pinpointed as definite visits, Thomas is a recruit to watch in the coming weeks. Stick with Scout as we continue to monitor any developments.
Below is Scout's evaluation of Thomas:
Cartrell Thomas is an FBS-caliber receiver prospect who's at home in the slot but can also move around the formation and line up just about anywhere at the high school level. Impressive leaper who high-points the ball to win red-zone matchups. Jumping ability helps to compensate for lack of height/size.
A competitor, unafraid to test the middle of the field. He can improve his top-end speed, but that said, Thomas plays faster than he tests at camps/combines and does not show any lack of speed playing against very good competition in Texas' Class 5A in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.
Stretches the field vertically, especially when lined up outside. Gains a lot of yardage after the catch. Potential to wind up as a Power Five conference signee. -- Gabe Brooks
Below are junior-season highlights of Thomas:
Below are 7-on-7 clips of Thomas from earlier this summer:
Below are clips of Thomas from March at The Opening Dallas: