Signing Day Impact: Mike Thomas

The addition of Mike Thomas gives two players who were at Fork Union Military last fall, with Cardale Jones being the other. Thomas has enrolled at Ohio State and will be going through spring football.

There isn't much known about Ohio State wide receiver Mike Thomas, as he played 2011 in relative obscurity at Fork Union Military Academy, before enrolling at Ohio State in January.

Thomas, 6-foot-4, 205-pounds, will face a crowded depth chart at wide receiver at Ohio State. He has gotten bigger over the past year, and the 2011 Under Armour performer will look to find a way on the field this season.


This season is excited to have former Kansas recruiting coordinator Brandon Blaney at the ESPN Under Armour All-America game to offer his insight and observations.

"Michael Thomas has a lot of things going for him right now. He has a pretty good little shake to him on his releases out there. That was something that since (Saturday) he's made a lot of progress from. Vertical routes tend to be his best. I project him outside as a receiver.

"He's going to need to learn – and I think it will come in time, too, with getting on a college campus – to be able to go out there and push himself consistently against good competition. And I think that will come with time.

"I think the biggest thing is getting used to the people he's going against and understanding all the aspects of the game. Once he gets on campus, I think he will be fine, and he'll understand the competition level."


After visiting Ohio State for the Buckeyes' 33-29 win over No. 12 Wisconsin, Thomas confirmed with BSB that he will be a part of Ohio State's 2012 class.

"I have been a silent commit for quite some time now due to all the allegations and stuff," Thomas said. "But after last night it is safe to say I am a Buckeye. Last night kind of sealed the deal."

Ranked as the No. 98 wide receiver in's 2011 class, the 6-4, 203-pound Thomas has roomed with fellow Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones at Fork Union for the past three months.

"It is very exciting (to join Cardale) at Ohio State even though we have been planning on joining each other in Columbus since we first met," Thomas said.

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