Scout Ranking: ***
Scout Rank: No. 28 QB
Size: 6-5, 220 pounds
Hometown: El Cajon, CA
School: Valhalla High School
Stats: Thomas started as a true freshman in 2010, passing for 2,662 yards and 11 touchdowns with 13 interceptions.
In 2011 he started the first nine games before going down for the rest of the season with a knee injury, passing for 1,607 yards and seven touchdowns with eight interceptions.
Commit Date: January 25, 2011
Recruiting Scene: NC State appeared to be one of the front runners for Thomas as he initially made his decision on a future college.
Although he appeared destined for Arizona State originally, Thomas switched his commitment to Colorado State where he started for the past two years.
He put up solid numbers despite not having much talent around him but decided to transfer after a coaching change during the off season.
While he considered Vanderbilt and UCLA, Thomas committed to NC State and became the Pack's second QB commitment in the class. He will redshirt in 2012 and have two years of eligibility remaining.
Why NC State? "I've always liked NC State, ever since I was in high school. It didn't work out then, but I'm glad that it will now. I know it is a great program and they are going to be really good."
"I took a visit there back in high school," he said. "It's a place I've wanted to go. I'm very excited it worked out."
Picked NC State Over: UCLA, Vanderbilt
Scouting Report: "Thomas is your prototypical pocket passer with excellent size to scan the field and has shown the ability to make all the necessary throws. He has ideal size for his skill level and what will be asked of him in the passing game. He is at his best when given time in the pocket to set up, make his reads and step into his throws. Is difficult to defend when gets into a rhythm.
"Shows good overall arm strength and zip on short and intermediate passes and has shown the ability to make all the college level throws. At times, displays excellent timing and can release the ball before his receivers make their cuts. Shows nice anticipation for throws outside the numbers. Has shown he can go through progressions when gets time and does an adequate job of checking down when his primary receiver isn't open.
"Is mobile enough to get outside the pocket and throws fairly well on the run." -- ESPN