For Chris Thomas, 2012 was a season of highs and lows. The Salmen High School standout shredded competition on the ground throughout his junior campaign, collecting 330 yards and four touchdowns in a matchup with Riverside Academy during the season. Thomas was also named to the 4A All-State team for 2012, joining fellow in-state running back Leonard Fournette on the list. Because of that production, the 5-10 200 pound running back has shown up on the radars of college coaches around the country.
"There are a lot more schools coming after me from the SEC after my junior season," said Thomas. "They have been sending me mail mostly, but I've also spoken with a few coaches."
While he doesn't currently hold any offers, Thomas believes that part of the reason for that is because of an injury he suffered towards the end of the 2012 season. The leg injury kept Thomas from playing for Salmen in the playoffs.
"I'm back now and finally able to move around now," said Thomas. "I feel like the injury has hindered my recruitment a little bit. It was a leg injury, ACL and meniscus, but it's all better now and I'm getting ready for spring football."
Regardless of his injury, college coaches are now after Thomas. One school that has been in contact with the Slidell, LA, native from the beginning is LSU. Thomas explained that he has heard from them more frequently than most schools.
"I hear from them very often," said Thomas. "I went to some of the games there this year. They talked to me a lot when I was there. They talk a lot about their offense and they want to make it clear to me that all of their backs get equal carries, for the most part."
With Thomas hailing from inside state lines, it should come as no surprise that recruiting coordinator Frank Wilson has taken over the lead in his recruitment. Thomas explained that he is looking forward to building a great relationship with Wilson.
"Frank Wilson is my recruiter for LSU and he is a great man," said Thomas. "It's a growing relationship. It's a good relationship, but we are working on making it a lot better."
Aside from LSU, Thomas said that he has gotten a lot of contact in recent weeks from numerous schools, most of which reside in the SEC.
"Ole Miss, Alabama, Mississippi State, several from Colorado, Missouri, and Auburn are some of the schools that I'm hearing from besides LSU," said Thomas. "I'm sure there are more, but those are the main ones right now. LSU has definitely been the most consistent contact I have received."
With so many schools interested in him, Thomas has already started to think about where he would like to take visits in the near future, a list that spans from coast to coast.
"I want to go to Alabama, Georgia, Texas A&M, and Oregon to check all of them out during the spring and the summer and interact with the coaches," said Thomas. "I will probably also take a visit to LSU very soon."
Thomas has also had a chance to figure out which schools are at the top of his wish list. While it is still early for Thomas, he explained that there are three schools that he has high interest in learning more about.
"Alabama, LSU, and Mississippi State are at the top of my list," said Thomas. "Those are the schools that have been after me the hardest so far. They are also the ones that I really want to check out and interact with the coaching staffs at."
Given that it is still just his junior year, one would think that Thomas hasn't had a chance to figure out when he would like to get a decision out of the way. However, for Thomas, that isn't true.
"I will probably decide around the end of my senior season," said Thomas. "I‘m going to try to take all five of my visits and see what I like after that. That's my plan."
Contact picking up for Thomas
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