Cards to get visit from DE/TE Chase Thomas?

Chase Thomas, a 6'4, 210-pound DE/TE prospect from Marietta, Georgia, has already collected over a dozen scholarship offers, including one's from the ACC, Big East, Big 10 and SEC. InsideTheVille.com has the latest, including prospect video, on this standout athlete.

Selected as a first team All-County performer as a defensive end following his junior season at Walton High School in Marietta, Georgia, Chase Thomas began drawing interest from college coaches early in the recruiting process.

"It definitely feels great to have all these big-time schools that I grew up watching recruiting me," Thomas said.

Last fall Thomas, who has been a two-way starter since his sophomore year, registered 82 tackles, including 46 solos, 20 sacks and 17 tackles for a loss. He also hauled in 6 catches for 129 yards from his tight end position.

Recruited by many as a defensive end or linebacker, Thomas also has college coaches eyeing him for his abilities on the offensive side of the ball.

"I'm not sure what position I'll end up at in college," Thomas said. "It doesn't really matter to me, I'll play wherever they need me."

His scholarship count has climbed above a dozen, with many others likely to follow suit during the coming weeks and months.

"I have fourteen now," Thomas said. "Georgia Tech and Auburn are the last two to offer me."

Syracuse, Purdue, Mississippi State, Michigan State, Maryland, LSU, Louisville, Kentucky, Indiana, Boston College and Duke have also extended scholarship offers to the 6-foot-4, 210-pound prospect.

Thomas claims no current favorites, but hopes to formulate a short list of schools by the end of summer.

"I want to visit as many of the schools that I can before I come up with a list of schools," Thomas explained. "I'm not sure which one's I'll visit yet, but I plan as many as I can in June, because football starts back up in July."

While he won't likely have his final travel plans set until later this month, Thomas does currently intend to visit the Bluegrass State.

"I'm probably going to visit Louisville and Kentucky around the same time," Thomas said. "I know that Bobby Petrino did a wonderful job at Louisville and that he's now down here with the Falcons. They've pretty much dominated the Big East lately."

Thomas does hope that he can have his college choice made prior to the start of football season, but admits that it is a difficult process.

"It will be very difficult," Thomas said. "I'll sit down and talk to my coach and parents about it, but it's going to be difficult to pick just one. I will depend on what it's like to live on that campus, what the coaches are like and how I get along with the players."

Thomas, who is an Honor Student, currently carries a 3.8 GPA and has scored a 1520 on his SAT.

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