Thomas Talks on UCLA Junior Day

Palmdale (Calif.) Highland's Christian Thomas, the 6-3, 235-pound tight end prospect, who could be the #1-ranked tight end in the west for 2010, talked about his visit to UCLA for Junior Day, and the programs that lead for him...

Palmdale (Calif.) Highland tight end Christian Thomas (6-3, 235) made his second visit to UCLA over the weekend, taking in the Bruins' Junior Day.

"It was wonderful there this time," said Thomas. "I got to see more of the school and it was a beautiful campus and everything. I talked with Coach (Chuck) Bullough, Coach (Rick) Neuheisel, Coach (Norm) Chow and Coach (Phillip) Rauscher."

Thomas attended a UCLA basketball game last month, but this time it was a much more in-depth visit to Westwood.

"They tell you about the academics, and they let you see the school," said Thomas. "It has a beautiful campus with pleasurable people, and the coaches are great. The coaches I've met so far have all been wonderful."

Thomas said he feels as if UCLA has made him a priority, but without being pushy. "They're not forcing me to commit, but they're real good at making people love the school, because it's a loveable school," said Thomas. "I really like Coach (Rick) Neuheisel. He's the one recruiting me."

Thomas said the Bruins are standing in his top three along with USC and Cal. He said: "Those are my top three but I don't want to name a favorite because I don't have one. I know a lot about them. I've been to USC and UCLA and my dad went up to Cal so I'm going to see them some more. But I still want to go through the process and take my visits."

Thomas said in the meantime he just wants to learn as much about the process as he can and hit some camps during the spring and summer. "I would love to go to a bunch of camps," said Thomas. "My goal this summer is to work, work, work. I want to be the best in whatever I do. I'm going to a lot of camps, to see where I'm ranked, and then I can see what names to look out for."

Thomas has offers from out of state but said his interest lies mainly with the Western schools. Still, an out-of-state offer is something he's intrigued by.

"My family does want me close to home, but they understand that if a faraway school is the best for me they'll have to deal with me leaving. But it's a long ways until I decide," said Thomas.

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


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