"It was real big. When I first told my parents they couldn't believe it," Thomas said. "They framed the scholarship paper."
Thomas, an athletic 6-3, 235-pound tight end from Highland HS in Palmdale (Calif.), is being recruited hardest by USC, Washington, UCLA, Colorado, Arizona and Arizona State and lists USC as his top school.
"Personally, I wanted to jump on it because I went to their camp and their coaches were so cool and down to earth," he said of the USC offer. "You could tell that the players were happy to be there.
"I wanted to jump on it but my parents and my coach were like ‘you're just a junior in high school so you should explore your options.' I'm trying to explore my options, but USC is at the top of my list."
This summer, Thomas attended USC's Rising Stars Camp and immediately built a strong relationship with the coaching staff.
"He's real down to earth. It seems like I could talk to him about anything because he is so down to earth," Thomas said of tight end coach Brennan Carroll. "You can tell that all the other players like him, too.
"It's good for me because he is the tight end coach. So if I go there (USC) we are going to be talking a lot."
"They have great players there and they form great players," he said. "A lot of players that went to USC have graduated and gone to the NFL or had great jobs in the future."
"I want a great education because if football doesn't work out for me then I have something to fall back on," he said. "Education is first, then a great football team second."
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