Though reports surfaced Tuesday morning that Thomas committed to Ohio State, the wide receiver told BSB it was just a rumor, instead saying the Buckeyes are in his top three and currently stand in good shape to land his services.
Thomas, who played his high school football Woodland Hills (Ca.) William Howard Taft, is enrolled at the Virginia-based Military Academy and is the roommate of current Ohio State quarterback commit Cardale Jones.
Ranked as the No. 98 wide receiver in Scout.com's 2011 class, the 6-2, 180-pound Thomas said he's become very close with Jones after rooming with him the past three months and has admitted the two have spoken about attending college together.
"He's like a brother," Thomas said. "Cardale is a great quarterback. I mean, any receiver wouldn't mind catching balls from him on Saturdays. The thing is he's so natural half the time it looks like he isn't trying. We talk about (going to school with each other every day). He is my roommate, we probably talked about every topic you could imagine."
Rumors about a silent commitment to Ohio State have taken to the Internet in the recent weeks, but Thomas said he hasn't completed his recruiting process. However, the wide receiver said he has "no idea" when he is visiting Notre Dame or Oklahoma State.
Having hooked up with Jones for touchdown receptions multiple times this season at Fork Union, Thomas said the adjustment to the life of being in military school was a harder transition than the one he had to make on the football field.
"The football part has never been a problem," Thomas said. "It is just different because (Jones and I) are used to being the go-to guys in high school but Fork Union is whole other system (because where we share time).
"The military part on the other hand was a tough transition. I must admit it wasn't what I expect at first, but we live and we learn so I just had to get my mind right and adjust. But I have grown a lot in life from my time coming here."
Jones, who played his high school football at Cleveland Glenville, passed for nearly 1,700 yards and 22 touchdowns in addition seven rushing touchdowns in his senior season.
The Buckeyes held a commitment from current starting quarterback Braxton Miller of Huber Heights (Ohio) Wayne in the same class, but the coaching staff gave Jones the option to grayshirt if he wanted to attend Ohio State. Going to Fork Union was Ohio State's way of taking Jones and Miller while creating separation on the depth chart.
After accepting Ohio State's proposition, Jones will enroll at the university in January after playing at Fork Union during the fall. After an expected redshirt season, Jones could have two years of separation from Miller on Ohio State's depth chart.
"It hasn't been hard because I have wanted to be a Buckeye and I was willing to do whatever it takes to be a Buckeye," said Jones, who stands 6-5, 215 pounds. "They knew I wanted to be a Buckeye. Before I even committed they told me what I was going to have to do to achieve this. I think it shows that I am dedicated and loyal."
Though indication on the surface seems that Thomas will join Jones as part of Ohio State's 2012 class, the wide receiver didn't confirm his intentions as of early Tuesday afternoon.
"I want to go somewhere I can come in and contribute right away that has top facilities where I can transform my game year in and year out," Thomas said. "Also somewhere they pass the ball a good amount of time so I can show my talent.
"I also want to go to a place where I can get a good degree," he continued. "Good coaching staff and tradition (will also play a factor)."