Early Arrival for Thomas

Early enrollment appears to be the wave of the future and Mississippi State is taking full advantage. Several of the current 2015 Bulldog verbal pledges are working towards December graduation and college enrollment in January. The latest name to that growing list is wide receiver Deddrick Thomas of Memphis-Central.

Deddrick Thomas profile

"I will be honest with you, this has been one of the hardest decisions of my life," said Thomas of his early enrollment. "I thought long and hard about all of this before I decided to do it.

"It's hard, because you have to make some tough choices.

"I know I am going to have to work hard and I am going to have to give up some things, but I think I'm ready for it."

Thomas reports that his plans to graduate in December just recently materialized.

"Coach (Billy) Gonzales told my coach that they wanted me there in January if there was any way for me to get there then," said Thomas. "My coach looked into everything and he talked with me about it.

"Once I gave them the thumbs up, we got everything set up."

While Thomas will forego the spring semester of his senior year in high school, the three-star slot receiver is eager to be a part of the Mississippi State spring plan for the 2015 season.

"I think it's going to help us all out a lot to get up there in January, because it's going to get us ready to play," said Thomas. "I know Donald Gray and a few others are coming in early.

"Mississippi State is losing some receivers this year, so having the spring and summer to learn everything will have us ready to play when the season gets here."

With his college destination set for Starkville and his enrollment date set for January, Thomas is free to focus on Central High football.

"We play Hernando tomorrow night and I can't wait," said Thomas. "I feel good about the game and I feel like we're ready to play.

"I know that I'm going to have a target on my back and that a lot of teams are going to walk a lot of people up into the box to try to limit me.

"If they do that, then I know it's just going to open up more things for my teammates.

"I just want to win and I am ready to do whatever I need to do to help the team."

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