Thomas, a 6-3.5, 210-pound quarterback who has played more outside linebacker of late, lists Kent State, Akron and Bowling Green, among others, as his top school choices along with WVU. The Stow-Munroe Falls High product, out of Stow, Ohio, runs a 4.7 40-yard dash and showcase the intangibles desired in a play. Unselfish and team-oriented, Thomas – who took part in the Scout.com combine in Pittsburgh – is looking for a squad with the same traits.
"I want a place with a lot of tradition and that feels like a family," said Thomas, who attends among the largest schools in the area, one that graduated former Syracuse and NFL great Larry Csonka. "One-team, one-people where they look out for you and each other."
Thomas said proximity to home and early playing time are not major issues, and that he would play anywhere. He plans to major in ancient history, however, and that academic selection will help eliminate schools. He doesn't yet have a projected college position, and is listed as an athlete. But his frame, which should grow to 6-4, opens a lot of options. His only other desired school aspect is a BCS conference.
"I would prefer a major conference, but I will go wherever I feel right," said Thomas, who has also taken prep snaps at tailback and middle linebacker. The junior has a 27-inch vertical and runs a 4.82-second shuttle. His 40-yard dash, at times timed near five seconds, is slower than many major schools would like, largely a reason he has yet to get BCS offers. His bench press of 220 pounds is reasonable. Thomas also lists Ohio State and Auburn as major college choices, though offers seem unlikely.
Part of Thomas' issue is where he fits at West Virginia as well. The Mountaineers are loaded at linebacker and appear stockpiled for a few years. They also have several athletes, like Bradley Starks and Brandon Hogan, who can play a variety of positions and whose base numbers are better. To move him into a slot spot would also be difficult because of the abilities and youth of Noel Devine, Jock Sanders and Will Johnson – if he doesn't stick at tight end, as it appears he will. For Thomas, it may simply be a numbers crunch.