Thomas Might Be Best TE in the West

Palmdale (Calif.) Highland's Christian Thomas, the 6-3, 235-pound tight end prospect, could be the #1-ranked tight end in the west for 2010. He already has a set of scholarship offers he would be content to choose from, and he talked about a recent visit to the UCLA campus...

Palmdale (Calif.) Highland tight end Christian Thomas (6-3, 235) is laying claim to the top tight end in California in the class of 2010.

Thomas already has a handful of scholarship offers, with a few standing out.

"The main ones are USC, UCLA, Florida State, Colorado and Tennessee," said Thomas.

The USC and UCLA offers were exciting for Thomas, but the one from Florida State floored him.

"That one really surprised me," said Thomas. "You just don't get a lot of players from Palmdale that are getting noticed in Florida. So that one came out of nowhere, but it was really cool."

Thomas said a few other Pac-10 schools are also showing heavy interest, with offers in the future a real possibility.

"Arizona State, Washington State, Oregon State, places like that from the Pac-10 have been talking a lot with me," said Thomas.

Thomas said he's not trying to make an early decision and said it was much too early to name a list of favorites. "I don't have a top five, I'm still wide open," said Thomas. "The whole point of the recruiting process is to see which school is the best fit for me. I've never been on any official visits, I haven't been to any of these schools. So I want to go through the whole process."

Thomas camped at USC last summer and then late last month, took an unofficial visit to UCLA for their Junior Day. "USC was real nice," said Thomas. "I didn't really see the campus and I didn't know it all that good so I'm hoping to go back there and check out the school more. But I had a good performance at the camp. It was really fun. Those guys there were real competitive."

He was happy with his visit to UCLA as well.

"I liked it at UCLA, I liked it a lot," said Thomas. "I got to talk with the offensive coordinator, Norm Chow, and the head coach, Rick Neuheisel. They had offered me back in the fall and they liked me a lot. I know they got Morrell Presley there, but for me, the whole thing is about competition. I enjoy competition and I hope other players do. So other tight ends don't bother me because you have to compete."

Thomas said the same thing about the emergence of Blake Ayles at USC. "USC has some good, young tight ends but I'm a competitor. There are different tight ends then me, and everyone can play, but you still have to compete to be the best," said Thomas.

Thomas said that he's open to leaving California, but he's leaning towards staying in the West.

His plan is to take all of his official visits then decide. "I think I'm going to wait until close to Signing Day," said Thomas. "I'll do it after all of my official visits are over."

Thomas said he's planning to do some camps and combines in the spring and is planning to be at the Scout/Badger 7-on-7 Passing Tournament in Las Vegas this weekend.

Academically, he's in fine shape, with the SAT scheduled for the spring.

As a 2008 junior, Thomas had 23 receptions for 667 yards and eight touchdowns.

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