Thomas Still Comfortable With Two

The #3-ranked tight end in the nation, Christian Thomas from Palmdale (Calif.) Highland, has seen some considerable traffic of college coaches come by his campus this spring, but he's still the most comfortable with the same two schools...

With scholarship offers from all over the country, Palmdale (Calif.) Highland tight end Christian Thomas (6-3, 235) will have his work cut out for him in picking which college he'll attend.

With several excellent options, the #3-ranked tight end in the nation knows he can't go wrong, whatever program he picks.

"This is a good opportunity for me and I'm still just trying to see which school is best for me," said Thomas. "Like I don't really have a favorite right now, I'm just trying to take my time and see what all of my options are."

Thomas said that the Highland campus has been well-trafficked in the past few weeks, since the evaluation process began.

"We've had a lot of coaches and schools come by, I can't even remember all the ones that have been here," said Thomas. "Cal, Colorado, UCLA, USC, Washington, Washington State, they've all been by or are coming by and my coach said a lot more schools are going to be coming, too."

Thomas said that while numerous schools are coming to him, he's the most familiar with the two he's visited in the past few months.

"I'm pretty comfortable with USC and UCLA," said Thomas. "I know the schools and the coaches really well and I had a wonderful time when I visited both schools. I liked the spring practices at both of the schools and I'm probably going to go to camp at both of them this summer. I know for sure I'm going to the USC Rising Stars Camp, and then the UCLA camp, too."

Both schools aren't exactly wide open for him at the tight end position. UCLA brought in the top-ranked tight end in the class of 2009 in Morrell Presley and USC already owns commitments from Randall Telfer and Xavier Grimble, ranked fifth and first in the nation, respectively, for 2010. But Thomas expects competition wherever he goes.

"Wherever I end up, I know I'm going to have to compete for playing time, they won't just give it to me," said Thomas. "So that doesn't really matter that much to me about USC or UCLA."

And while the two Los Angeles schools have the close-to-home card in their favor, Thomas is still serious interested in LSU, Cal and Washington.

"Those schools are all recruiting me pretty hard, too," said Thomas. "Coach McCarthy at LSU is the one I talk to the most and he's just always telling me about what it's like there."

Other schools who've offered Thomas include Florida State, Tennessee, Colorado, Washington State and Oregon State, and he said he thinks Oklahoma could be close to offering.

Academically, Thomas said he'll be taking the SAT in June.

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

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