"It's been great," said Thomas. "I started school at NC state on Monday... I think I'm the only new kid here right now, but I couldn't wait to get here.
"It was always the plan for me to enroll in the first session. I was at home training in the spring and this is when I wanted to come in. It's worked out great. I'm doing well so far."
When Thomas says "training," he really means it. He has worked out with quarterbacks coach George Whitfield Jr. since he was in the eighth grade and did so all spring.
Whitfield Jr., who established Whitfield Athletix, a quarterback firm based out of San Diego, California, has developed a reputation of being one of the top quarterbacks coaches in the country. Some of the quarterbacks who have worked out with him recently include: Andrew Luck, Cam Newton, Donovan McNabb, and Ben Roethlisberger.
"I've known George for a while, since the 8th grade," said Thomas. "I worked out with him this spring, and I got to work out with McNabb... that was cool.
"What is great about George is he puts us all through the same drills... we work on our footwork, he brings out the broom, everything. George has been successful, and that is why the quarterbacks want to work with him. He knows what he's doing and he translates that over to the pro quarterbacks like Luck, Newton, and McNabb, college guys like me, all the way down to the sixth-graders who work out with him."
Thomas was a four-star recruit out of El Cajon (CA) Valhalla High School in 2010 when he signed with Colorado State over offers from programs such as NC State and Arizona State. The 6-foot-5, 235-pounder was ready to come in and play right away for CSU, and he says Whitfield deserves a lot of credit for that.
"It gave me a huge edge," Thomas said. "I wouldn't be where I'm at today without George. He's a family friend now, and you've got to give a lot of credit to him. He helped get me to where I'm at right now at quarterback and all of my hard work is paying off."
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.
"The knee is fine," said Thomas. "I was back to normal in February. I've already started working out with coach Edmond. He's been great. You can tell he knows his stuff. He's been awesome... can't wait to work more with him."
Thomas will have plenty of time to work with Edmond and the rest of the strength and conditioning staff, as well as the scout team, because he must sit out the 2012 season due to NCAA rules.
"It's going to be hard to sit out but at least I have my redshirt year," said Thomas. "There are some positives to it. I'm going to get in the playbook and learn it inside and out, but I'm going to watch Mike [Glennon] and see how he does it. He's a successful quarterback, and I want to learn from him."
"I'm hoping next year I will be able to help out the team on the field. That is ultimately my goal, but for now I'm going to work hard to improve individually but really help in anyway I can."