Class of 2010 tight end/linebacker/defensive end Christian Thomas (6-3, 235, 4.6) from Palmdale (Calif.) Highland will be one of the most sought after players on the west coast next year. How do we know. He is already being heavily recruited and gets multiple letters on a daily basis.
As a sophomore, Thomas was a first-team all-league selection after hauling in 39 receptions for 550 yards and four touchdowns.
Thomas is having an even bigger junior season while playing on both sides of the ball.
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From his tight end position, Thomas has nine receptions for 135 yards and one touchdown while averaging 15 yards a catch. On defense, he has 10 tackles and is averaging five tackles a game.
"When we are having trouble on defense, we put Christian where we need him and the problem is solved," Highland coach Randy Block said. "No one can block him."
Thomas really opened up some eyes this past summer when he stood out at USC's Rising Stars Camp last June and he was impressive on both sides of the ball.
The word is defensive coordinator/defensive line coach Nick Holt saw him with the tight ends and said he wanted to see him work out with the defensive ends. As is usual with Thomas, he excelled.
Based on his sophomore season and his outstanding camp performances, Thomas quickly made a name for himself.
"Christian is becoming a national recruit," Block said. "He is getting mail from everybody. He could get his first offer, any day and it could be from anyone."
Just this morning (October 2nd), Block received a phone call from UCLA linebacker coach Chuck Bullough, Cal sent him an email and it is still early in the day.
"Christian has the best hands of anybody I have ever coached," Block said. "He is becoming a well rounded receiver, and is learning how to run all the routes."
"I move Christian all over the field," Block said. "I spread him out to and isolate him, but no matter where he is, he gets double teamed."
Thomas is the complete tight end. Not only is he a receiving threat, but he is an every down player.
"Christian is an outstanding blocker," Block said. "Once he gets his hands a defender, it's over. They can't get off of him."
"The best thing about Christian is, he's the ultimate competitor on Friday Night."