2010 Watch: QB Peter Thomas

Perhaps one of the best quarterback prospects in the west for 2010 is 6-5, 210-pound Peter Thomas from El Cajon (Calif.) Valhalla. He recently received his first scholarship offer, and he actually has a list of schools he considers his early favorites...

With the heralded class of quarterbacks in the class of 2009, the class of 2010 may not be as deep, but there are still some very talented junior quarterbacks on the west coast.

California's top passer may well be El Cajon (Calif.) Valhalla's Peter Thomas (6-5, 210), who already has a scholarship offer and several more schools that are interested in him.

"I received my first offer a few weeks back from Boston College," said Thomas.

So, if you offer, he will come; Thomas took an unofficial trip out to Chestnut Hill to see Boston College. "This past weekend I took an unofficial visit to Boston College to watch the BC/Notre Dame game," said Thomas. "The game was great and the stadium atmosphere was awesome. Boston College has a great student section."

After the game, Thomas used Sunday to take in a tour of the school.

"On Sunday we met with the coaches and got a tour of the campus and the facilities, and both were awesome," said Thomas. "We also had the opportunity to meet with Head Coach Jeff Jagodzinski for about 30 minutes. Speaking with Coach Jagodzinski was the highlight of the trip. He discussed his football philosophy and what he expects of his quarterbacks. I really liked all of the coaches and everything BC had to offer. It is obvious that the coaches and staff at BC run a first class program. The visit was awesome and I could definitely see myself playing football at BC in the future."

The Eagles got on the bandwagon first with an offer, but there are plenty of other teams interested in the quarterback prospect.

"I am trying to work out a visit to Oregon State when they play Oregon," said Thomas. "I have attended USC games twice and Arizona once. Next Saturday, I am headed to UCLA to watch a practice and meet with the coaches."

Thomas also attended the UCLA-Tennessee game on Labor Day.

Thomas was one of the top underclass passers at the Los Angeles Nike Camp and also had a very good showing at the USC Rising Seniors Camp, boosting his stock before he even started his junior season.

With 15 months until Signing Day for the 2010 class, Thomas is still in the early stages of his recruitment, and isn't necessarily narrowing his list just yet.

"It's still very early but at this time, my top 10 schools are Boston College, Arizona, USC, UCLA, Oregon State, Wisconsin, LSU, Northwestern, Oklahoma and Missouri," said Thomas. "I am also interested in about 12 other schools. "

Thomas works with private quarterback coach George Whitfield, and Whitfield has high praise for Thomas.

"The number one thing about Pete is that he's obsessed with everything being done right, and being prepared," said Whitfield. "Quarterback-wise, he's obsessed with being mechanically perfect, he's always balanced, he's systematic. He's a great quarterback without being a great athlete because he takes advantage of his system of operating. He operates consistently with great mechanics. Pete does the same thing every time. His release is clean, he's always upright. It's so constant, it's almost boring. Peyton Manning is a good example in his preparation. He's a student first. In quarterback class, he'd be the one with his hand up the whole time."

And it's not just the mechanics that Thomas has fine-tuned, he's got the arm strength.

"He has a strong arm and incredible touch," said Whitfield. "He's only getting stronger and it takes a lot for a strong-armed kid to be able to drop soft balls over a kids shoulder and then come back and drop a dart. He's getting stronger by the minute. The more he puts on the stronger he'll get."

This fall, Thomas has thrown for 2,281 yards on 177-of-258 passing, throwing 21 touchdown passes against only four interceptions in leading the Norseman to an 8-1 record.

After making his debut on varsity in 2006 as a freshman, in 2007 the sophomore Thomas broke 16 school records, while also throwing for 300 yards three times.

Academically, Thomas is as strong in the classroom as he is on the field, carrying a 4.0 GPA.

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