Earlier this summer, Max Meadows (Va.) Fort Chiswell 2014 offensive tackle Coleman Thomas pulled in his first scholarship. The 6-foot-6, 295-pounder has ties to the school that verbally gave a pledge, but he is looking at other options too as interest is picking up.
"I got an offer from West Virginia out of one of their one-day camps," he said. "I've been going to West Virginia's games for as long as I can remember. I went to the camp as my sister goes there and they offered. It was exciting and shocking.
"I love it there. Like I said, it's all I can remember. I've sort of been brainwashed as a child and I love it up there. I think the fact my sister is there is good. She has an apartment and she can take care of me."
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Thomas plans to head back to West Virginia this weekend for their season opener against Marshall.
Meawhile, the only other camp Thomas attended this summer was at Virginia Tech.
"I'm actually going to Virginia Tech on September 3rd for the Georgia Tech game," he said. "Virginia Tech hasn't offered, but hopefully they are close. I think they are interested. They like me and want to see my first and second game films and then they'll make a decision from there."
On top of those schools, Thomas is getting looks from the likes of Wisconsin, Nebraska, North Carolina, Virginia, Richmond, Old Dominion and William & Mary.
So, does Thomas like anyone?
"Oh yeah, I like Virginia Tech because it's only 30 minutes from my house," he said. "I like West Virginia and I went to East Carolina for a West Virginia game and I don't know, I liked it there too."
Thomas posted first team all-district both ways honors along with second team all-region honors as a junior last season.
He touched on what sticks out about his ability.
"I guess what stands out about me is my size," he said. "I can run block pretty well since I've been in a running system since my freshman year."
A center in high school, Thomas is getting his looks in college for offensive tackle.
Thomas and Fort Chiswell opened the season with a 34-0 win over Wythe on Friday.