LAKELAND, Fla. – Kevaris Thomas knows the clock is ticking on his recruitment, but it’s not as though he’s without options. The 6-foot-3 quarterback holds offers from USF’s now-departed coaching staff and recently picked up an invite from South Alabama. Thomas is aware that quarterback recruiting moves quickly, so he’s investigating every opportunity he gets with haste.
“I just got informed yesterday that South Alabama has been in bowl games the last couple years,” Thomas said. “They’re Division I. I didn’t know that until they informed me yesterday, I’m still doing research.”
His offer list currently stands at two, but Thomas’ recent transfer from Lake Gibson High School to powerhouse Lakeland High School has come with increased exposure. According to Thomas’ coaches, Kentucky has made repeat inquiries into his situation and could be close to offering a scholarship should the program decide to take two quarterbacks in this class. Other major programs are interested as well.
“I’ve heard from North Carolina, South Carolina and TCU,” Thomas said.
Of the group, it seems the Tar Heels hold a special place in Thomas’ heart. The dual-threat quarterback is Florida born and raised, but has been a North Carolina fan for as long as he can remember.
“I’m from here in Florida, but I’ve been watching North Carolina and how they run that offense since I started playing football,” Thomas said. “It would be great for me to go there. That’s my school, It’s just always been my school.”
As for where things stand with the Tar Heels, well, that’s murky. There’s been contact, but how serious North Carolina is about brining Thomas on board is yet to be determined. Evaluations, it seems, are still taking place.
“[UNC tight ends coach] Chad Scott came down to look at me last Thursday,” Thomas said. “He messaged me as soon as he left. He said he was going to send the quarterback coach down to see me because he liked the way I can spin it.”
RIVALS REACTION: There are more offers in store for Thomas. Just what level of schools will extend them is the only thing in doubt. Slated to be the starter for a powerhouse high school this season, it could be a breakout year for the under-the-radar prospect. Thomas has a massive frame and a powerful arm, so the upside is certainly there.