Hometown: El Cajon, California
High School: Valhalla High School
Notes: Rated a four-star prospect and the No. 12 quarterback in the country by Scout.com, Peter Thomas is a hot commodity. During his junior season at El Cajon (CA) Valhalla, he passed for 3,161 yards and 28 touchdown passes while completing 69% of his passes and tossing just five interceptions. Thomas also rushed for another six scores on the ground.
"I think I have good footwork and am pretty accurate," said Thomas. "I have a fairly strong arm and I'm a good pro-style quarterback. I like to drop back and throw it, but I can also move well and feel like I can make something out of a bad play.
"But it's not like I'm gonna be breaking an 80-yard touchdown. I'd like to improve my speed and my movement. I also want to improve my arm quickness."
Currently the talented signal-caller holds offers from Arizona State, Maryland, Boston College, Colorado State, Harvard, and Northwestern. He's being recruited by Colorado, UCLA, Washington, USC, Notre Dame, and NC State among others.
Hesitant to name any leaders, Thomas admits that he is hoping to land offers from NC State and Southern Cal.
"NC State and USC would be two that I hope offer me," said Thomas. "USC pretty much speaks for itself with what they've done developing quarterbacks. Every year the are in a BCS game and in contention for a national championship. I also have a really good relationship with coach Morton, the offensive coordinator.
"My team is going over to their camp and right now it sounds like me and two other guys are going to throw for an offer from them at one of their camps. I think it's either June 15th or June 24th and 25th. I'm not sure yet which."
"With State I was blown away by my visit," he said. "The facilities and coaching staff are all you look for, and I love the support the community gives the team. Plus, I think me and my family would fit in real well with coach O'Brien's philosophy... his military background. I think I fit in real well with his system and what they are trying to accomplish there."
What are going to be some critical factors in the gunslinger's final decision?
"Location isn't too big of a factor for me," said Thomas. "Of course I look at depth charts. I think every quarterback should... every player should. I think the quarterback needs to go where they need to go. There's going to be competition everywhere, but it would be nice to compete for the starting job early.
"I'd love to play in a big-time BCS conference. That's something I've always wanted to do. The coaches are also going to be a big factor. I have to like the coaching staff a lot, and academics are a big thing for me. I'm looking to major in criminology or criminal justice. Finally, I'm going to look at how I feel about the school... the environment."
Stay tuned because this recruitment could end shortly. June is a busy time of the year for college coaches and football prospects as nearly all programs are holding their camps to evaluate prospects. Thomas believes that by the end of the month he could be committed to a school.
"I'd say I could have a decision within the month," he said. "I'd hopefully know what NC State and USC are going to do along with some other schools. For me, I think it's a situation where at the end of the month I'll be able to take a look at all of the offers I have received and go from there."
Here are exclusive highlights of Thomas in action. Provided is footage from his sophomore season, offseason workouts, 7-on-7 competitions, and junior year highlights!
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