“Michigan stopped by during the season and watched me practice,” Thomas recalled. “They said they would be in touch. Then last week (Jeff Hecklinski) came in and offered me. It kind of caught me by surprise.”
The Wolverines are now part of a scholarship ledger that is quickly approaching 30 members. Based on his self-reported measureables of 6-4, 215, and 4.4 in the forty, it’s easy to see why.
“I did very good on both sides of the ball,” reported Thomas. “I played linebacker on defense and receiver on offense. I had to help out my team out anyway I could. We didn’t have a very good season. We had a lot of injuries and things like that. We went 2-8. I have over 75 tackles and four sacks.”
In an increasingly crowded recruitment Thomas singled out Florida and Miami for courting him the hardest. He insists, however, that he is still wide open and schools like Michigan will definitely get hard looks.
“I’m definitely interested in Michigan because of the good tradition and the defense that they play,” he said. “I’ve just have got to get up there and check out the campus. It might have to wait until my official visits.”
When it comes time to sort through his impressive list of suitors there a few factors that will weed the victor out from the also-rans.
“Academics are going to play a big part because my mom doesn’t play about that,” Thomas stated. “Also does it feel like home for me? Do I feel comfortable around their coaches and feel like I can come in and help out?”
“Right now I’m just taking my time to figure everything out. There’s no rush to make a decision. I have a whole season ahead of me.”