Galena Park, Texas offensive lineman Dhamari Thomas loves to be a big body in the basketball paint, but his future is on the football field.
Thomas (6-foot-2, 290 pounds) starts for the Yellow Jackets as a forward in basketball and a guard in football, but has received his first two Division I offers in the later sport.
"Dhamari's biggest positive is his upside," Galena Park coach Ray Zepada said. "He loves basketball and we encourage all of our guys to play whatever sports they want. But if we ever had him in an offseason, he would be scary.
"His lower body is so powerful, but he could be so much more explosive if he just played football. Coaches see that and are betting on his potential."
Tulane and Louisiana-Lafayette are the first to lay their chips on Thomas' number.
"I expect Dhamari to make a decision pretty quick," Zepeda said. "He wants to get it out of the way and is very exicited to have two Division I offers on the table."
Receiver Warren Holloway and Gahn McGaffie also share time with Thomas on the basketball hardwood, but have a brighter future in football.
"We are going to throw the ball more to Warren, so he will have some opportunities," Zepada said. "He's going to surprise some people because of his size and he can go up and get balls. He's a long 6-3, 190-pound athlete.
"Gahn is a tremendous athlete, and he could play up to three of four positions on the football field. We have him at quarterback because he's the best we have at the position, but at the next level he will be a receiver or cornerback."
Junior fullback Lester Bush is also a up and coming prospect, who is getting comparisons to former Yellow Jacket Albert Hardy.