Corey Thomas (photo by Brian Dohn)

2019 safety Corey Thomas will be at a Big 12 and Big Ten spring game

MANHEIM, Pa. -- Pittsburgh Central Catholic 2019 safety Corey Thomas Jr. discusses spring game visits to the Big 12 and Big Ten.

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Corey Thomas Jr., a long safety prospect from Pittsburgh Central Catholic, spent Saturday morning at Penn State before partaking in the PA Swag 7-on-7, and it began a busy stretch of weekends for the 2019 standout.

The 6-foot-3, 185-pound Thomas is planning a visit to West Virginia, where his mom went to school, this weekend for the spring game and a return to Penn State for the April 22 spring game.

Buffalo already extended an offer to Thomas, and Pittsburgh is heavily involved as well, but his focus on the next two weekends will be on West Virginia and Penn State.

"(Penn State) said they want to see me run well," Thomas said about an offer. "I originally played wide receiver but they want to see me at safety, with my technique, up at a camp. I like safety. It's physical, I like coverage, the enthusiasm ...I like making plays."

Thomas knows plenty about Penn State because he already made several visits, and his teammate, C.J. Thorpe, signed with the Nittany Lions in February.

His contacts are Nittany Lions secondary coach Tim Banks and assistant coach Terry Smith, who recruits the area.

"We got to watch them practice, got a tour, talked to the coaches. It was stuff like that," Thomas said. "I like the energy around the program. I was focused on the safeties and was trying to pick up little techniques from the defensive backs. I was really impressed."

West Virginia is the program Thomas grew up around, and a place he visited many times.

"That was my favorite school growing up because my mom went there," he said. "I like going there and checking it out. I like (assistant) coach (Mat) Caponi a lot. I like talking to him."

With recruiting underway and the Mountaineers showing a lot of interest, Thomas can bounce ideas off his mom.

"She likes it a lot," he said. "She grew up there. My grandparents live there, and she speaks highly of it. It's crazy (going to games). I remember I went there for the Oklahoma game and it was crazy. The atmosphere is unique."

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