Thoma Reflects On Visit, Discusses Dilemma

Louisville (Ohio) St. Thomas Aquinas punter Jonathan Thoma made an official visit to Ohio State. But a late twist could make a big difference for Thoma, who is considering a chance to be a preferred walk-on at OSU.

Louisville (Ohio) St. Thomas Aquinas punter Jonathan Thoma made an official visit to Ohio State this weekend.

Thoma has not been offered a scholarship by Ohio State. However, he has been told he could earn a scholarship if he earns the starting punting job after enrolling as a preferred walk-on.

"They said they would like me to come to Ohio State and I would make the team and be on the roster of 105," said Thoma, who was hosted by long snapper Drew Norman. "Then, if I win the job, I would get a scholarship. If not, I would just keep plugging away."

This opportunity has been an intriguing for Thoma (6-2, 185), who will leave St. Thomas Aquinas as a five-sport letterwinner. He played football and soccer this past fall. In the winter, he is a member of the swim team. In the spring, he plays baseball and competes as well in track.

Thoma (6-2, 185) averaged an amazing 48 yards per punt and also consistently had a four-second hang time on his punts. He was a first-team All-Ohio pick in Division V.

However, Kent State phoned Thoma on Sunday and let him know he has a chance to sign with the Golden Flashes on Wednesday and enroll as a scholarship player.

"I actually just got off the phone with Kent State and they offered me a scholarship," Thoma said. "Going to Ohio State was very high on my list. But now I am going to have to look through everything and see what my priorities are.

"The only reason I might be in a hurry to make this decision is Kent has said they have offered three kickers and whoever accepts first gets it. I am actually getting ready to call (OSU assistant Jim) Bollman to talk about it."

Thoma only spent one night at OSU because of his swimming commitments.

"I was impressed with the size of everything and the tradition," he said. "It was all very impressive. Drew was a good guy. If I would win the job, he would be my long snapper next year. It was good to get to know him."

If he comes to Ohio State, Thoma would join a pair of redshirt freshmen in the punter battle. A.J. Trapasso is on scholarship, while Tyson Gentry is a walk-on from Sandusky (Ohio) Perkins.

"They said they had two people returning," Thoma said. "Then, they said there might be a couple of people coming in with me."

Youngstown State offered Thoma a scholarship. He also made an official visit to Louisville and canceled one with West Virginia to see Ohio State.

By having Thoma make an official visit, Ohio State, by rule, must put him on scholarship the moment he plays in his first two years on campus.

Thoma holds a 3.6 GPA and scored a 27 on the ACT.


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