Thomas Likes Local Schools

The Etiwanda (Calif.) linebacker, Khaylan Thomas, has four Pac-12 offers but likes LA schools...

Etiwanda (Calif.) linebacker Khaylan Thomas is up to four offers, all coming since Signing Day.

The newest offer for the 6-1, 217-pounder came on Saturday while he was in Tucson for Junior Day at Arizona.

"It was amazing at Arizona," said Thomas. "I really liked the facilities and I loved the school. Arizona offered me on the trip. Coach (Rich) Rodriguez was who offered me. When I got out there, it was a small town but I loved it. They have nice facilities around the school."

The Wildcats join a group of offers that include Oregon State, Washington State and Colorado.

"Oregon State offered me first," said Thomas. "Coach (Trent) Bray offered me. Then Colorado offered me, they called my coach and he put me on the phone. Then Washington State offered and I talked to them for a while."

The Cougars have had some success at Etiwanda the past few years, with Bobby Ratliff and Marcus Mason ending up in Pullman after playing at Etiwanda.

A few more Pac-12 schools are showing interest in Thomas and it's been reciprocated.

"I'm really interested in USC, Arizona State, UCLA and Oregon," said Thomas. "My favorite school growing up was USC but my mom's favorite school is UCLA so I'm liking them more. But ever since I was a little kid, I always liked USC."

Thomas said he's hoping to visit UCLA and USC in the spring and could camp with them in the summer.

In the meantime, he's planning a few more unofficial visits during the spring, has a couple of camps on the docket but has no immediate plans for a decision.

"It's still kind of early," said Thomas. "I'm probably going to wait until halfway through my senior year, just too really think about where I want to go to school. I'll visit some more schools and go to the NFTC in Los Angeles and the Vegas 7on7 (both in March)."

Thomas plays outside linebacker for Etiwanda and said that's where he sees himself playing in college.

"But I believe I can play inside linebacker if I need to," said Thomas. "It's just that outside backer is where everyone wants me."

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