"I called the coaches to inform them that I was coming down to the second game this season to watch it with my family, and they told me at that moment," Thomas said. "I was very thankful, very grateful and appreciative. I feel blessed … by the Lord, by my family. I was very happy in that moment and amazed."
Thomas had that reaction despite the Longhorns only being the latest of a group of teams to step to the plate with an offer. He has offers from pretty much all of the major conferences, from Clemson and Virginia to Iowa, to Stanford, UCLA and Colorado. Baylor was one of the Big 12 teams to offer the talented defensive end.
That's he's drawing so much attention is hardly a surprise: Thomas already has great college size, weighing between 260 and 265 pounds and has clocked in the 4.7-second range in the 40-yard dash. He ran a 4.8 at the Texas camp this summer.
"I played my sophomore season at 230 pounds, and by the end of the season, I was maybe up to 235 or 240," Thomas said. "I feel like I've kept my speed (with the added weight), if not gotten faster."
Yet somehow Thomas has stayed humble through the process. Despite the fact that he's unanimously considered one of the top prospects in the state for the 2014 class, Thomas said he never really had a "smell the roses" kind of moment.
"I've never really thought about it like that, in terms of being a top recruit," Thomas said. "I just feel that I'm really blessed to have a great coaching staff that pushed me and a team that has helped me out and played such a huge part."
For his part, Thomas said he sees himself as a grinder, the type of player who "will fight to the whistle."
"I just go as hard as I can, and try to be as physical as I can," Thomas said. "I never give up."
That includes in his quest to try and improve his game.
"I definitely need to work on every aspect of my game to reach my goals," Thomas said. "I would say definitely my explosiveness and my pass-rush moves are two things that I need to work on."
"Last year was a very good experience," Thomas said. "It's a great fan atmosphere, and everybody treated us nicely. I was able to talk to Coach [Mack] Brown, and that was a fun experience."
Thomas said he didn't have any favorites, and was in the process of evaluating schools. He said he would start narrowing schools down and likely make a choice sometime after his junior season.
"It's going to come down to how comfortable I am with the school," Thomas said. "There's the atmosphere, the campus, and education is definitely a big part.
"Playing time will play a big role too," Thomas said. "I want to play early."