For Ft. Worth (TX) Paschal quarterback Dylan Thomas, the thought of receiving an offer from the program that sits literally a mile from his school never crossed his mind. But that changed on Saturday when the rising 2016 prospect received an offer from TCU.
Thomas burst onto the scene as a sophomore for the Panthers, leading them to a 5-5 record in his first year as a starter. Thomas threw for 1,953 yards with 16 touchdowns to only 3 interceptions and added another 934 rushing yards with 12 more scores, easily earning the District 3-5A Newcomer of the Year honors.
Thomas was one of several talented 2016 recruits that made their way to TCU this past Saturday to attend the first ever sophomore day for the Frogs. He had a chance to meet with head coach Gary Patterson while on the visit and it was during that time he received the news he didn't think was possible.
"It was one of the best feeling's that I've felt before," Thomas said of receiving the offer. "I really didn't know what to feel when he offered me the scholarship. I was really excited and happy that I could get that opportunity. I really like Coach Patterson; I've talked with him before at camps. It was really good talking with him and I like his personality. He's a really good coach; when I sat down with him and talked with him he showed me who he really is and I really respect the man.
"It was great; we didn't think I'd get one because they really haven't paid attention to Paschal and knowing that in my first year of varsity football that they noticed me was real big for me."
As for his visit, Thomas enjoyed his time on campus getting to talk with the Frogs' coaches and learning their offensive scheme.
"I really liked the place and coaches," he said. "The offense that they run is fairly simple; they went over some things with me and I really understood everything they were showing me. I felt like if I do go there that I would fit in pretty good."
Although he plays quarterback for Paschal, the 6-foot-1, 185-pound Thomas was offered by the Frogs as a receiver. While Thomas admits he's most comfortable playing quarterback, he's not against playing a different position if it helps his team.
"I just want to play football; whatever a team needs me to play, I'm willing to play," Thomas said. "I'll do whatever I can do for the team to help them out. I like quarterback because I've played that my whole life but if receiver is where I can help them at then receiver is what I'll do."
Although he's attended games and been on TCU's campus before, Thomas says he actually doesn't know much about the Frogs' program. After all, he never thought about researching a school he never thought he'd hear from.
"I really don't know much; I didn't think the school right down the street from me would be offering," Thomas said. "I really haven't done much research on the school."
In addition to TCU, Thomas says he hasn't received much interest from others just yet. He does recall a few schools stopping by however.
"I know a couple of schools came in; I don't know of a whole bunch except schools like Oklahoma," he said. "I really don't remember a whole lot of schools showing big interest in me."
Although TCU is close in proximity, Thomas says location won't matter much in his decision making process. At the moment, he's open to anything.
"I'm looking for a place that I'm familiar with their offense because that would really help me out and give me an advantage," he said. "Location really isn't huge on helping me make my decision on what college I go to. I'm really open to anything right now."