Bruins Still Watching Thomas

Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft receiver Michael Thomas got his first Pac-10 offer this week and he still hears from others, including UCLA...

One of the stars of the spring and summer was Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft receiver Michael Thomas, who played for the Team 1925 All-Stars, coached by his uncle Keyshawn Johnson.

At nearly every camp we saw Thomas at, he was one of the top performers at receiver.

But no schools had offered him, and none were ready to just based on the camp circuit. Instead, they wanted to get game film from his senior year before making that decision.

And that wait finally ended on Monday when his uncle's former college offensive coordinator, Mike Riley, offered Thomas a scholarship to Oregon State.

"Coach (Mike) Riley is a great guy," said Thomas. "He evaluated my film and said he loved it and wants me to be a Beaver. The only thing that was holding them back from an offer over the summer, because I had dominated at their camp, was a game film," said Thomas. "He called my house tonight (and offered)."

Thomas didn't commit to the Beavers, instead wanting to see what his other options may be, but he spoke highly of Oregon State.

"Oregon State is a great place and a great coaching staff that is just so down to earth," said Thomas. "And they also air the ball out there and I am a guy who likes to go get it."

Thomas has had a strong start to his senior year, with 45 catches for 602 yards and six touchdowns in only four games, averaging 160 yards a game, teaming up with Arizona State commit Michael Bercovici, who's playing quarterback for the Toreadors.

And Thomas thinks this could get the ball rolling with more schools.

"I should have a lot more surprises coming up being that coaches are calling my phone every day, asking for film," said Thomas. "I've been having all these great games. After my film goes out, there should be a lot more."

Thomas said several other schools are showing interest too.

"Tennessee, Michigan, UCLA, Cal, Miami, USC, Oregon, Colorado and Wisconsin are a few to name who are waiting to pop my film in their DVD player," said Thomas. "Arizona and Arizona State too."


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