Will Thomas Make It A Lucky 13?

The Pitt football team has targeted Beaver Falls, Pa. athlete Todd Thomas for its 2009 recruiting efforts for several years now, and it appears that the four-star wideout is close to giving the Panthers a bakers' dozen for that class.

If Todd Thomas announces that Pittsburgh is the school for him, the Panthers will have edged West Virginia and Michigan in the battle for his talents.

"We're taking him up to KDKA after school today,'' Beaver Falls coach Ryan Matsook said Thursday morning. "Tom Lemming does a show, and he's going to do a 10-minute interview on there. It'll run (Friday).''

Matsook would only confirm Thomas' final three schools, and during all previous talks with Thomas he had nothing but positive comments about Pitt.

"I like Pitt a lot,'' Thomas said. "They're an up-and-coming team, and it would be great to be part of that. I'd like to think that I could come in and contribute right away wherever I go, but we'll see what happens.''

Thomas is 6-foot-2, 202 pounds and has run a 4.59-second 40-yard dash. He primarily plays running back for Beaver Falls, but is being projected as a wide receiver in college.

"Todd's a terrific athlete, but I think there probably will be a learning curve for him in college,'' Matsook said. "It'll take some time for him to adjust to everything that goes with being in college and playing football at the Division I level. ... You see what Jonathan Baldwin has gone through at Pitt. It takes time, but he'll get there. The same thing with Todd.''

There also has been some talk that Thomas' grades are suspect, but Matsook cleared that up a bit.

"Todd's grades are fine, but he's just waiting on an SAT score,'' Matsook said. "Just like any other senior, he's just gotta get that score. And when he gets that, he'll be fine. If not, just like LeSean McCoy or some other guys, he'll have to go to Milford for a year. So, we'll have to wait on that.''

For Thomas and his college choice, however, the wait is nearly over.

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