Mizzou Among of Michael Thomas' Top Five

Houston athlete Michael Thomas was happy when he received his first scholarship offer from Baylor on March 9, and he expected to have a few more before the summer was through. But in no way could he have anticipated the avalanche of offers – 18 in total, including one from Missouri – that he would have in his back pocket less than a month-a-half later.

"It seems like every week I have a new coach calling or offering me a scholarship. It's just been a nice experience," Thomas said.

It's easy to see why Thomas has become such a hot commodity. He has a rare package of athleticism and academic orientation; not many players boast a 3.65 GPA and a 4.4-second 40-yard dash. So it's not surprising his offer list includes the likes of Stanford, Air Force and Northwestern.

"Academics come first in my family, sir," said Thomas, a 5-foot-11, 180-pounder who is being recruited by most schools, including MU, as an athlete. He could play running back, defensive back or slot receiver.

Thomas is currently attending a camp at Baylor, which along with Stanford seems to be among his favorites – Baylor because of its proximity to home and its early offer, Stanford because he loves the campus and location and hit it off with head coach Jim Harbaugh.

Still, he's far from being committed to any school. He's interested in Mizzou in addition to schools such as Nebraska, Penn State and Cal, to name a few, and won't decide where he'll visit until the fall. Will Mizzou be getting one of his visits?

"Missouri is in my top five. They've got a great coaching staff and they play in the Big 12, big-time football, and they're winning games," he said. "I don't know yet which schools I'll take my visits to, but I think Missouri will probably be one of them."

As the starting quarterback at Nimitz (Tx.) High, he rushed for 1,172 yards and 10 touchdowns last season, passed for 235 yards and three touchdowns and had another 175 yards and two touchdowns receiving. He's being recruited to MU by running backs coach Brian Jones.

"I like coach Jones a lot. He's real down to earth, real cool, and every time he talks to me he has a friendly attitude," Thomas said.

Thomas hopes to have his list trimmed to a manageable number like five or six by the time school starts, then begin planning his visits. Mizzou appears to be in good standing for one of those trips. Inside Mizzou will keep you updated…

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