Bible Evaluates Four-Star QB

It's been a busy couple of months for Peter Thomas. In between unofficial visits and completing his junior year of high school, Thomas has been throwing for various college coaches interested in extending scholarship offers.

It's been a busy couple of months for Peter Thomas. In between unofficial visits and completing his junior year of high school, Thomas has been throwing for various college coaches interested in extending scholarship offers.

Thus far he's added two more offers and hopes to pick up several more.

"My two latest offers are from Colorado State and Harvard," said Thomas. "I now have offers from those two and Arizona State, Maryland, Boston College, and Northwestern. I'm also being recruited by NC State, USC, UCLA, Washington, Colorado, and some other schools."

Rated a four-star prospect and the No. 12 quarterback in the country by, 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."

"I like to drop
back and throw it."

Because of his busy schedule, Thomas said he likely wouldn't attend many, if any, team camps and that was a reason why the schools came to see him.

"I've been working with my team, and I just don't think I'll be able to make any team camps this month," he stated. "I think we have 7-on-7s the next six or seven weekends and with that going on it would be tough to make many camps."

One program definitely under consideration is NC State. Thomas and his family visited Raleigh in April, and he left extremely impressed with the Wolfpack.

"I was blown away," Thomas said at the time. "The facilities there are unbelievable. They were some of the best I've seen so far. So that was a really good part. And the coaches, they were really nice, too. They run a pro-style offense and coach Bible seems like a really good coach."

"I love NC State," said Thomas on Tuesday. "When I visited there it was nothing but positive things. They have outstanding facilities and a great coaching staff. They pretty much built BC's program with their quarterbacks. They would definitely be at the top of my list if they decided to offer. I've always been real interested in NC State and they are at the top of my list.

"I know their policy on offering quarterbacks, and I was planning on going to their camp. But looking at my schedule it was going to be difficult."

Originally the Wolfpack coaches asked Thomas to attend their summer camp because they normally will extend scholarship offers to quarterbacks only after watching them throw in person.

However, after learning that Thomas would likely be unable to attend camp, NC State offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Dana Bible flew out to El Cajon, California where he could catch Thomas in action.

"Coach Bible came out to see me the last Friday they could go out," said Thomas. "I threw the ball really well. He seemed impressed. He said he saw everything he needed to see, and he really liked how I did.

"Coach Bible said for me to just be a little patient because they have to see some other guys throw at their camp. He said after that he's going to get back with me and let me know what they are going to do with an offer."

With all of the interest, Thomas is hesitant to name a top five.

"I was blown
away by my visit."

"Right now my top schools are the ones that have offered," he said. "To me it doesn't really make sense to mention other schools as leaders if they haven't offered me a scholarship."

However, when asked what schools he hoped to land an offer from, he quickly named two.

"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."

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