Open Tryouts

Over the current spring evaluation period for college recruiters, Peter Thomas plans on entertaining coaches with his arm, in hopes of earning a few more scholarship offers.

"I think it's a make or break deal on if a school decides to offer," Peter Thomas said.

The four-star quarterback from Valhalla High in El Cajon, Calif., already holds full-rides from Arizona State, Maryland and Northwestern, and is expecting several other colleges by his school in the coming weeks to watch him throw.

On Tuesday, Notre Dame was the first to watch, as quarterbacks coach Ron Powlus and Brian Polian came to town.

The 6-foot-5, 218-pound Thomas went through a 45-minute workout of footwork and pocket movement drills, as well as a lot of throwing,

"Yeah, it went really good," Thomas said. "I thought I threw really well. I thought I did really good. I was really relaxed out there pretending it was the weekend and I was throwing with my buddies.

"I think I was able to show them I'm pretty accurate, and I hit every ball pretty good, and also a pretty strong arm, and that I can make all of the throws."

Powlus and Polian weren't allowed to talk to Thomas, other than a quick hello, but they were able to talk to his head coach and quarterbacks coach. Like a game of telephone, the two coaches quickly relayed the news to Thomas.

"They said they really liked me, and they just wanted me to call them tomorrow or later this week."

Thomas is already itching to make the call, as he would truly love to add an offer from Notre Dame.

"Oh man, it would mean a lot to me," Thomas said. "Notre Dame, that's one of, I know they've been down, but it's still Notre Dame. They're one of the best programs in the country. and I think they're going to get back to the top soon with their recruiting classes and coaching staff. Considering I only have three offers right now, they'd be at the top of my list."

As a junior, Thomas completed 68 percent of his passes for 3,161 yards and 28 touchdowns, leading the Norsemen to an 11-2 record and the CIF championship game. He also rushed for six more scores, and only tossed five interceptions.

Thomas kind of lost touch with Notre Dame for a few weeks, but reconnected with Polian last week.

"He just said him and coach Powlus were really excited to get out here and see me throw for the first time, and see me," Thomas said. "And he also asked for directions from the hotel."

Thomas has taken visits to Northwestern, North Carolina State, Maryland, USC, UCLA, Arizona State and Arizona. He said if the Irish offer, he'd likely visit the campus for the first time in June. He plans on making a college decision before the start of his senior season.

"That's my goal and I'll definitely be able to do it," Thomas said.

It's likely he'll have a few more options. Tennessee, Miami, Kentucky, Colorado and USC are also expected to come by and watch Thomas throw in the next month. Top Stories