Thomas: "It's Still Wide Open"

It's getting closer to signing day and many recruits are starting to narrow their list of schools. But Palmdale (Calif.) Highland's Christian Thomas,'s No. 7-ranked tight end nationally, says it's still wide open for him...

Christian Thomas, the 6-foot-3, 245-pound four-star tight end from Highland High School in Palmdale, Calif., says he has over 15 scholarship offers but and now denies a leader.

Thomas, ranked as the No. 7 tight end in the country by, said he now favors USC, UCLA, Oregon and Washington. All of his favorites have offered as well as North Carolina, Oklahoma, LSU, California and others.

"It's still wide open," Thomas said.

Thomas hasn't scheduled any official visits yet, but plans on doing so soon. "I'll try and take a couple in November," he said. "I'll be setting them up soon."

The only two schools he's already been to are UCLA and USC.

"I like the winning nature of the program," he said about the Trojans. "USC has a lot of momentum going and who doesn't want to be a winner?

"I also like (asst. head coach of the offense/quarterbacks) coach Jeremy Bates," Thomas said. "He's cool and he's a fun guy. I like how pumped up he gets his players."

Thomas attended the USC/Ohio State game in 2008 when it was played at the Coliseum. This year he says he plans on attending the UCLA/Washington game at the Rose Bowl on Nov. 7.

"UCLA is doing good," he said. "They pass to the tight end a lot and that makes me happy.

"I like it there," he said about the Bruins. "It's a beautiful place. I love the campus and (defensive coordinator/linebackers) coach Chuck Bullough is cool too. I always enjoy talking to him. He always talks to me about my season and how I'm doing.

"He says he really wants me at UCLA catching balls for them," he said.

Thomas says he also has a good relationship with Washington wide receivers coach Jimmie Dougherty.

"He's really cool," he said. "The coaches have a good attitude and are just exciting to be around. "I love how they are a young team but are getting better and racking up wins," Thomas said.

Despite the Huskies impressive turnaround from last year, he says the school that has impressed him the most this season is Oregon. "They are running over people," Thomas said about the Ducks. "They give the tight end the ball and give them an opportunity to make plays. That's what I like."

Thomas says he doesn't have a timeframe for making a decision. "I haven't really talked that over with my parents yet," he said. "I want to take my visits and make sure I love the campus," he said. "I want to go where I'll be used in the offense and where I'll get the ball."

Thomas has helped lead his team to a 2-1 record with five touchdowns receiving.

He reports a 3.6 core GPA and took his SAT during the summer but says he doesn't remember his score. He plans on retaking the test but doesn't have a date in mind.

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