Interest Picking Up For Thomas

Since September, Poway (Calif.) High standout Brett Thomas has been opening up an awful lot of mail.

After a sophomore season that saw Brett Thomas named as one of California's section underclassmen Players of the Year, the 6-foot-1, 185-pound safety is on the radar of some of the top college football programs in the country.

USC, UCLA, Oregon, Stanford, Florida State and Notre Dame are a few of the schools sending stuff to Thomas' mailbox.

"They've been sending me letters quite frequently asking me to attend a couple of their games on an unofficial visit, and just keeping me updated on what their status is throughout the season," Thomas said of Notre Dame.

He will get to see it all first hand for the first time, when Thomas and his parents take in South Bend the weekend of Nov. 1st for the Pittsburgh game.

"I like where their program is going," Thomas said. "They have a lot of young guys that are making major contributions. I'm supposed to go there in a few weeks on an unofficial visit so I'll know better once I do that.

"I want to go real early and look around the campus and get a feel for how it is on game day. And I want to see how the coaching staff is on game day and the players and of course the fans."

As a sophomore, Thomas had 45 tackles and four interceptions, helping Poway go 12-0 and win a section championship. Heading into last weekend's game, Thomas had roughly 30 tackles with three interceptions and three offensive touchdowns.

"They like how I can read the pass patterns and keep my eyes all over the field and quickly realize if it's a run play or a pass play," Thomas said of what college recruiters like about him.

Besides Notre Dame, Thomas has gotten game invites to UCLA, Florida State and USC. He attended the Trojans game against Ohio State earlier this season.

"It was amazing," Thomas stated. "Best atmosphere I've ever been around.

"I got to talk with the recruiting coordinator who is the tight ends coach. I got to talk to them about what they're looking for and what'd they'd like to see in my progression. I got to go in the locker room afterwards and listen to the coaches speak and some of the players talked to me. It was a really cool experience."

Thomas has 4.6 second speed in the 40-yard dash, and has a 3.75 GPA. He wants to major in sports journalism, and plans on taking the recruiting process slowly.

"I'd like to see all my options," Thomas said. "It's not like I'm jumping to verbally commit. I just want to see everything and paint it out with my family and coaches and stuff.

"Of course I'd like a school with great sports prestige, and a school I'd feel at home at. I'll be going around and seeing what schools are about and what they like doing, and looking to see if that fits me." Top Stories