Thomas pulls the trigger

Texas A&M head coach Mike Sherman and staff hosted several unofficial visitors on Tuesday, and at least two have already pulled the trigger. One of those commits, Beaumont Central's Charlie Thomas, visits with Aggie Websider's David Sandhop about his decision.

Last year, Texas A&M signed one of the highest-rated players in the state when they inked blue chip playmaker Derrick Hall from Beaumont Central. Almost five months later, the Aggies again go back to Central High School and nab another speed playmaker from the Golden Triangle in younger brother Charlie Thomas.

The 6-foot-1, 181-pound athlete made the three hour trip from Beaumont to College Station to visit the university and meet with the coaches, and the visit resulted in a verbal commitment.

"Yes sir, I committed to Texas A&M today," Thomas said. "It felt right and the coaches were great."

Thomas has played both safety and running back for the Jaguars, but knows his future at the next level in on defense.

"I'm being recruited as a safety," Thomas said. "I've got good speed for the position and I like to be aggressive and hit people."

Thomas certainly has plenty of speed for the collegiate level, having registered a personal best of 4.44 in the forty. However, he also realizes he has areas of his game to improve before taking the next step in his playing career in 2009.

"I know I need to get stronger and put on some more good weight," Thomas said. "I also want to improve my reads on defense and react quicker to things on the field."

Thomas says he's firm on his decision to attend Texas A&M and plans to end the recruiting process. He also has no further plans to attend any summer camps or take additional unofficial visits. His choice to commit to the Aggies came down to several factors.

"I like that it's close to home and I like the environment," Thomas said. "I really liked all the coaches. They made me feel at home and told me they would take care of me."

Thomas becomes Texas A&M's 12th commitment in the Class of 2009.

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