Four-star TE visiting OSU this weekend

Christian Thomas, the 6-foot-3, 245-pound four-star tight end from Highland High School in Palmdale, Calif., is on an official visit this weekend to Oregon State. Thomas is ranked as the No. 7 tight end in the country by Scout.com.

Christian Thomas already visited Oregon on Nov. 14 and will also be tripping to Miami on Jan. 22 and USC on Jan. 29. All of his favorites have offered and he denies a leader from those final four.

Oregon State, which originally was set to host Thomas on Jan. 9, instead brings him in this weekend. "I'm really looking forward to seeing what they have to offer," Thomas said.

Thomas helped lead his team to a 6-5 record with 670 yards receiving and nine touchdowns. Defensively, he had 20 tackles for loss and 13 sacks.

Thomas says he's still not leaning towards anyone yet. "I haven't taken all my trips, so I don't know," he said.

"I'm really excited to check out Miami," he admitted. "The coaches say that I'd be a good addition to their offense and they talk about all the tight ends and guys they've sent to the NFL. They like using the tight end a lot.

"I just need to go there and see how I feel," he said. "If I think that's the place for me, the distance won't matter."

"This is a huge decision for my life," Thomas said. "It's gonna be four years away from home and the beginning of a whole new life."

Thomas plans on making his announcement during a press conference on signing day.

"The three things I'm looking at are 1) academics, 2) the offense and how I can fit in and 3) my comfort level and if I can live there for four years," he said.

Missing from Thomas's criteria is coaching staff. "I'm not going to a school just because of a coach," he said. "I don't think that'll affect my decision at all."

That's good news for USC, whose head coach Pete Carroll unexpectedly left to become the new coach for the Seattle Seahawks.

"It was pretty shocking," he said about the news of Carroll's resignation. "But I was more worried about if I still had a scholarship offer or not. My coach didn't really know what happens in that case."

Thomas says he received a called from Trojans recruiting coordinator Brennan Carroll assuring him his offer still stands. "He called me pretty quick," he said. "He told me not to worry and that I still had an offer.

"Then when coach Lane Kiffin was hired I got a call from Ed Orgeron too," he said. "He told me that he can't wait to see me on my visit and that he hopes I come to ‘SC. He said they still really want me and that my offer is good. We didn't really talk for long. He just wanted to make sure I knew I was still good."

So did Thomas ever consider dropping USC from his list? "No," he said. "Not really. As long as they still wanted me, I knew I'd still like them.

"USC is such a great program," he said. "They are known for football and have amazing tradition and it's not just about Pete Carroll. USC has a lot to offer."

What does Thomas think about new Trojan coach Lane Kiffin? "I like him," he said. "He seems like a good coach and I'm just looking forward to talking to him (on my visit)."

He reports a 3.6 core GPA and took his SAT during the summer but says he doesn't remember his score. He is scheduled to retake the SAT on Jan. 25.


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