CYPRESS, Texas - His coach has been talking about him for some time and college coaches have certainly taken notice.
Aldine (Texas) Nimitz running back/defensive back prosepct Michael Thomas stands at 5-foot-11 and a 180 pounds, but brings speed. His coach, David Suggs, also has described Thomas as "tremendous kid" who "always comes to workouts with a smile on his face."
That smile was evident again this past Saturday at the Greater Houston Football Coaches Association combine this past weekend. Thomas had good reason after he said with a smile that he put up two 40-yard dash runs under 4.5 seconds. Recruiting is also taking shape.
"Baylor, Northwestern, Missouri, Stanford, Air Force, Arizona, and Rice have all offered as of today," Thomas said at the combine. "It's really going good. I'm just trying to enjoy the process right now.
"A lot of schools have come by the school or let me know that they're interested. I'm just trying to keep an open mind and I'm not ready to make any sort of decision yet."
Despite saying that, he says that two schools have piqued his early interest.
"Yes, I'm open minded, but I like Stanford and Northwestern a lot right now," he said. "They both offer great academic programs. Stanford being in the Pac-10 and Northwestern in the Big Ten, that's great football, but they also will give you a great education.
"I just like the way both schools have approached me from the beginning and how they've shown a lot of interest in me as a player."
Thomas has said previously that many schools are looking at him as a defensive back, but some have talked about him staying on offense. Thomas and his teammates may make stops this summer at Oklahoma State and Texas for camps.