Ambry Thomas wasn’t expected to be one of difference makers on a loaded Detroit King team last year, but it wasn’t long before the 5-11, 170-pound athlete began turning heads.
“My sophomore season actually went pretty well,” Thomas said. “I didn’t expect to come out and play a big role like I did. It went real well. I think what makes me stick out more than anyone is my speed and my burst. “
Those traits certainly caught Michigan’s eye. That much was made clear when the latest Maize & Blue recruiting visit to King High school Thursday ended with news of an offer for Thomas.
“Coach Jedd (Fisch) came in the school,” said Thomas. “I was actually kind of excited because I wasn’t expecting a huge offer like that at this moment. My mom and my father were really excited because they weren’t expecting it either.”
The fact that Thomas comes from a family of Michigan fans made just added to the satisfaction. Now he has his sights set on a late May visit to Ann Arbor for a special recruiting day set aside for the top in-state prospects in 2017.
“We just confirmed that they want me to come down May 30th or May 31st.” stated Thomas. “My mom already confirmed (the visit). She loves the school.”
“I visited a few weeks ago for a spring practice. I liked it a lot. I really didn’t get a chance to meet the coaches while I was up there because I got up there kind of late… but I liked it. I liked the way they ran practice, how their coaches coached, and their energy.”
Needless to say the Wolverines are in very good shape in the early stages of Thomas recruitment, early being the operative word. The Motor City star also has offers from Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Illinois and Iowa, and a couple of other Big Ten schools appear poised to enter the fray.
“Michigan State is saying they’re very interested in me,” said Thomas. “They just want me to come up a little bit more. Me a LaVert (Hill) talked about Penn State before. I liked it a lot when I went up there and it’s a great school.”
Visits to those and other schools will take place in the coming months. So too will offers from new suitors. While he’s not ready to make a decision anytime soon, Thomas insists he will not drag the process very long either.
“I’m trying to hurry up and get this recruiting process out of the way, so probably next year. I don’t know where I want to go yet.”
“(It will come down to) how interested the coaches are in me, does it feel like home to me, and do I feel like I could play possibly as a freshman.”