Thomas was impressed by Chad Morris' up-tempo offense so much he committed.
"Really just coming in and seeing the offense and seeing the potential of the offense and what I'd be able to do," Thomas said. "I think I'll be able to do great things in this offense."
Thomas is teammates with SMU commit James Proche and is excited to head to the same school as his fellow receiver.
"It's good. It just makes the bond even stronger between us," Thomas said.
Morris sold Thomas on his vision for the program and it didn't take much for him to buy in.
"Me and coach Morris were talking and said I know you can't see much, but just believe in the vision," Thomas said. "I believe in the vision of him coming into SMU and changing this around. It's just a proven fact that he knows how to win and that he knows what he's doing."
Receivers coach Justin Stepp has been on Thomas since his junior year and their relationship keeps getting better.
"I really like coach Stepp. I've known coach Stepp since Summer of my junior year and they were recruiting me with Clemson and I met him down there and when he was at Appalachian State," Thomas said. "He's real nice and real energetic. I can't wait to get on the field."
Thomas is also excited to have family and friends at every game, but his comfort level in the system was what Thomas came back to.
"Just seeing the offense. They said they're going to use me as the 9-man, the outside receiver," Thomas said. "I'll be able to catch a lot of balls. I'm used to the up-tempo coming from DeSoto. It's exciting to move on to a bigger level with this offense."
Scout Midland Region football recruiting analyst Gabe Brooks says Thomas can stand to gain some weight while maintaining his big play ability.
"Thomas is the type of receiver who has the frame potential to be a big outside guy. At 6-foot-1, 185 pounds, he's tall, long, and wiry strong with plenty of space to add bulk while maintaining his athleticism.
Brooks commented on Thomas ability to win in the red zone, something that SMU definitely needs to improve in.
"Thomas is a ball-winner in the red zone who uses his height and ball skills to beat smaller defensive backs. He adjusts well to the ball in-flight. While he has big-play capability, he should be at his best as a chain-mover at the next level. His big hands serve him well not only as a pass-catcher, but as a blocker, where he's pretty fierce on the perimeter."
Thomas has one thing to say to SMU fans about the Chad Morris era coming to The Hilltop.
"Change is coming."