Alliance (Ohio) Marlington athlete Dymonte Thomas has listed Michigan at the top of his list since a spring visit to Ann Arbor. In late July, Thomas made a return trip to Michigan for the Wolverine's BBQ at the Big House event.
"I was real impressed with how nice they treated me. They treated me like I was one of their own," Thomas said. "The coaches are really nice. Coach [Greg] Mattison is a character; I like him a lot. It's like a family up there, so they are still up there at the top."
Thomas has offers from nine schools: Michigan, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Tennessee, UCLA and West Virginia. The team giving Michigan the closest race at this point is Michigan State, where Thomas visited in April with his teammate and Spartan commitment Zach Higgins.
"I like [Michigan State] Coach [Pat] Narduzzi. He's a nice coach," Thomas said. "I haven't really visited any other schools."
Thomas plans to follow up his July visit to Michigan with return visits to see the Wolverines take on Notre Dame and Ohio State in the Big House.
"I have been on their campus two times and I think the Big House is huge," Thomas said. "The second time I went there I got to see the HD screens they are putting in there."
Thomas has yet to schedule other fall game day visits, but would like to attend games at each of the schools that have offered him. A final decision could follow soon after.
"I think I am going to wait into the fall or towards the end of my junior year to commit, I'm not 100 percent sure," Thomas said.
The 5-10, 170-pound Thomas is being recruited as both a defensive back and a running back at the college level. He rushed for 1,500 yards and 17 touchdowns on offense and tallied 110 tackles and three interceptions on defense as a sophomore.