L.A. Story For Christian Thomas?

The two Los Angeles schools, UCLA and USC, are making a big impression on the Palmdale (Calif.) Highland tight end Christian Thomas...

Palmdale (Calif.) Highland tight end Christian Thomas (6-3, 235), the top uncommitted tight end in the West, is ready to narrow his focus down to a few schools.

When that happens, though, is up in the air. For now, Thomas is just planning to get his visit schedule taken care of.

"I know I'm going to take three visits, to Oklahoma, LSU and Cal," said Thomas. "I don't think I'll visit UCLA or USC officially because I've been there so many times. So the other two visits are still up in the air."

Thomas said schools like Florida and Florida State are also in his schools of interest, the Seminoles having offered in the spring.

So he's used the past few months to get more comfortable with the various coaching staffs recruiting him.

"I've had a good chance to talk with a lot of coaches and see how they want to use me in their offenses," said Thomas. "That was one of the important things for me to do was to really bond with them and get more comfortable with the coaches."

While Thomas didn't say he has a leader, he did acknowledge that the two Los Angeles schools are neck-and-neck for him.

"I like them both equally," said Thomas. "I know a lot about them and have gotten to know the coaches really well at each school. I know each school has good, young talented tight ends, but wherever I go, I'm going to have to compete and work hard for a spot. I get along really well with the coaches at each school. Coach (Brennan) Carroll is recruiting me at USC and Coach (Chuck) Bullough is recruiting me at UCLA."

Proximity could be a key factor for Thomas, but won't be the deciding factor.

"I'd like to stay close to home, but I'm open to looking at some other schools. That's why I want to take my visits," said Thomas.

Thomas said he's got definite plans to take all five of his visits.

Other schools who've offered Thomas include Tennessee, Colorado, Washington State and Oregon State but Thomas said that more schools could get in the mix in the fall.

"I'm not in a real rush to decide, so we'll see what happens with those other two visits and if any other schools offer me," said Thomas.

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

Thomas and his Highland teammates open their season on September 11th at Ridgecrest Burroughs.


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