Michael Thomas wants to play at UCLA and now the Elk Grove (Calif.) Cosumnes Oaks wide receiver is just waiting on his grades to see if it will become a reality.
The 6-foot-3, 168-pound prospect made it clear last week at the Cal State Game that he wants to be with the Bruins, like four-star teammate Marcus Rios, and Thomas should learn his fate in the first week of January.
"I'm finishing this term up strong and hopefully I'm accepted by the UCLA admissions board," Thomas said. "I'm waiting for them. If I make it there that's where I'll be.
"It is the leader. I love the UCLA tradition, the campus is nice, the coaching staff that was there was nice and I met coach (Jim) Mora and he seems like a really awesome person."
The conversations between Thomas and Mora went well and that was only more encouraging for the Cosumnes Oaks star who finished with 32 receptions for 387 yards and seven touchdowns in his senior season.
If Thomas gets accepted to UCLA it sounds like almost a certainty he will end up there. He and Rios, a former Boise State commit, have talked a lot about playing together in college, too.
"I think UCLA will be back up to the powerhouse they once were," Thomas said. "I think I can help out a lot. (Mora) is telling us it's not going to be perfect right away, it's going to take time, but it will be perfect. Obviously that's encouraging.
"(Rios) and I talked about it a lot. We always wanted to go to school together whether it was Boise or Arizona State and so that's where we'll end up."
Thomas said if he doesn't go to UCLA he would probably end up at UNLV. He also lists offers from Idaho and Nevada.