Where Beaver commit Thomas stands

RECENT MEDIA REPORTS on Kalispell, Mont. offensive lineman Connor Thomas -- the first known verbal commitment in Mike Riley's 2011 recruiting class -- this week detailed the incident, suspension and subsequent reinstatement to Flathead High's football team. BF.C talked with Thomas via text message to try and gain a clearer picture of the situation.

Connor Thomas' removal and reinstatement to Flathead's football team were detailed this week in articles by a Montana TV affiliate, The Flathead Beacon and Daily Interlake. Thomas was reportedly stopped by police and found to be "in the presence of drugs. Only one of the four students in the vehicle received a citation, according to court records. Thomas was the driver."

You can read the three articles here, here and here.

But where do things stand for Thomas with respect to Oregon State?

That isn't entirely clear at the moment.

For his part, Thomas said he considers himself solidly committed to Oregon State. And he said as far as he knows, he still has a full ride from the Beavers.

But the communication lines have been down.

"I'm actually back on the football team back here, which is great. I have yet to hear back from OSU though.." Thomas said in a text earlier this week. On Friday afternoon, he texted BF.C; "Coach Riley is going to get hold of me in the next few days."

Back in June, Thomas, (6-5, 260), wowed Oregon State at a camp event, earning a Beaver offer and verbally committing soon after.

As a junior, he earned first-team AA all-state offensive lineman honors, also picking up honorable mention honors on the d-line. He's the reigning state champion in the shot put (personal best of 51'6"), and out on the mat he's taken third place in the state meet as a heavyweight wrestler the past two years.

Connor's older brother, Tyler Thomas, was dismissed from the Beavs after a highly publicized incident during fall camp. However, after the incident involving Tyler, and prior to the incident involving Connor, Mike Riley appeared in August to be fully behind the idea of Tyler coming to OSU according to the Oregonian blog entry above.


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