Former OSU defensive tackle Ryan Pickett is also a Zephyrhills native. And, although Pickett is now toiling for the NFL's St. Louis Rams, he has put in a good word or two for the Buckeyes.
"Ryan's family lives around the corner from us," said the 6-2, 190-pound Thomas. "He attended our church before he went off to college. He still comes back to visit."
"It's just a great school," Thomas said of OSU. "I know if I went there it would be good publicity for me. I know it would be a good atmosphere for a young man to grow up in. They also put a lot of players into the league.
"I want to try and visit there during football season and see what it's all about."
OSU assistant coach Tim Beckman has been recruiting Thomas, who boasts sub-4.4 speed in the 40-yard dash.
Thomas had previously listed Florida as his top school. He attended camp at Gainesville this summer.
"It is right here close," Thomas noted. "I am very familiar with the coaching staff and the campus. But I believe I would like to visit some other schools."
In terms of South Carolina, Thomas said, "They kind of ring a bell with Steve Spurrier there now. I really want to go to place where I can play soon."
As a junior, Thomas split time between running back and wide receiver. He had 1,300 yards rushing and 10 touchdowns and also had 23 catches. This all-around talent also had 93 tackles and three interceptions at safety and also blocked three kicks and returned three other kicks for touchdowns on special teams.
"I have decent height at 6-2," Thomas said. "I have good footwork. I think I have excellent speed. I think I can maneuver around the defense pretty well. I have great leaping ability as well."
Thomas, who boasts a 3.8 GPA, also has had scholarship offers from West Virginia, Duke, Nebraska, Iowa, Indiana, Connecticut, Vanderbilt and Florida International.