With basketball and baseball seasons taking up most of his time, Coleman Thomas still has time to stay in contact with the schools that have offered him. The offensive lineman from Max Meadows (Va.) Fort Chiswell is also hearing from a few other schools.
"Recruitment has been going well," said the 6-foot-6, 295-pound Thomas. "I got an offer from Tennessee two weeks ago and I've been talking to Pittsburgh and Maryland. I'd like to get up there but it's been hard with basketball and baseball. I've also been in touch with the other schools that have offered me.
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"Nothing has really changed with Virginia Tech, Virginia and West Virginia," he said. "I'm wide open right now. I've been to Virginia Tech and Virginia basketball games and I'm going to Tennessee sometime in March. I'm really wide open and enjoying the process."
His latest offer from Tennessee was something Thomas had been expecting.
"The coaching staff at Tennessee was recruiting me while they were at Cincinnati," said Thomas. "I went to their junior day and they offered me while I was there. Knoxville is unbelievable and the facilities are one of a kind. I like what Coach Jones is building there with a family atmosphere.
"It was my first time going to Tennessee and my dad and coach went with me," he said. "We're only about two and a half hours from Knoxville so they had been there before. They told me about the tradition, how loud it gets and the facilities, but that was only my first time there."
Thomas has a good idea of things he wants to do after baseball season.
"I'm going to Virginia Tech's junior day and will see one of their spring practices," Thomas said. "I'm definitely going to go see West Virginia, Tennessee, Virginia, Pittsburgh and Maryland at some point also. I haven't really thought about going to any camps yet, but I think I'm going to the Rivals camp in Richmond."
Thomas has a target date for his decision.
"I'd like to have it done by the end of summer, that way I can relax and not worry about it anymore," he said. "I could enjoy my senior year, work out and get better without having to think about my decision."
Last season, Thomas helped lead Fort Chiswell to an 11-3 record.
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