Thomas Picks Up More Offers On Bus Tour

We have even more exclusive coverage of Ted Ginn Sr.'s bus tour, which rolled into Ohio State for its final stop on Tuesday. Defensive end Eric Thomas from Cleveland Benedictine has now collected eight scholarship offers and is not in a hurry to make a decision. We caught up with him for more.

Defensive end Eric Thomas from Cleveland Benedictine was part of Ted Ginn Sr.'s bus tour that pulled into Ohio State Tuesday evening.

Thomas (6-5, 250, 4.78) has collected eight scholarship offers thus far.

"I have offers from Ohio University, West Virginia, Michigan State, Indiana, Cincinnati, Bowling Green, Ball State and Marshall," Thomas said. "A few of them offered during the bus tour."

Thomas is not in a hurry to make a decision. He wants to take all five official visits.

"It probably won't be early," he said.

Thomas gave his impressions of Ohio State.

"Great school," he said. "I've been down here a few times. I came down here for one of the junior days and they showed me a lot of love, actually. They took us to a basketball game. They gave me a good impression."

Ohio State marked the final leg of the bus tour and a few of the athletes were glad it was over. But not Thomas. He wanted to keep going.

"We've been having a lot of fun," he said. "We've been to 12 schools and it's been a lot of fun. It's a great opportunity to get around to all these colleges so the coaches can see you up close and see what you're all about. It's been a great experience, so we can keep going if it's up to me."

Benedictine is one of the top Division III programs in the state and Thomas thinks it will be a title contender this year.

"We're looking real good," he said. "We had a four-day camp before we came here. We're looking real good. We have a lot of good players coming back."

Thomas, who also plays tight end and offensive line at Benedictine, gave his strengths on the gridiron.

"My strength is I'm 250, but I still run a 4.7," he said. "There's not a lot of people that can really get past me. I'm quick on my feet and I'm stronger than most kids (360 bench)."

And what does Thomas still need to work on before he begins his senior season, and then college career?

"There is always room to improve, so I just want to work on my total game and get better," he said. "There is not one particular area."

As a junior in 2005, Thomas collected 72 tackles and 13 sacks. He was named first-team All-Ohio in Division III.

He also performs pretty well in the classroom.

"I'm doing real good in school right now," he said. "I'm carrying a 2.9 core GPA. I haven't seen my test score yet."

Thomas is ranked as the No. 46 prospect in the state according to Ohio High.

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