The Colony (Texas) wide receiver Gerald Thomas recently put on a strong show at the Next Level Athlete Texas Top 100 camp, earning MVP honors at his position. He showed a great combination of speed, route running and sure hands.
After a big year on the field in 2010, several schools have taken notice of the 5-foot-10, 170-pound Thomas. Recently he picked up his first offer from a Big 12 program.
"I got an offer from Kansas a few weeks ago," Thomas said. "They came to the school and watched my film. After they left, the recruiting coach at my school told me they had offered me.
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"It kind of came as a surprise. That was like my first time ever hearing from them. I hadn't heard from them personally but then they came and offered me."
Thomas is also hearing from two other Big 12 programs and plans to visit both in the very near future.
"Next Saturday I'm going to Oklahoma State for a junior day," he said. "That Sunday I'm going to Texas Tech for a junior day. I talk to the Texas Tech coaches the most out of all of them. I talked to coach (Neal) Brown and coach (Sonny) Cumbie a lot."
Thomas' primary recruiter for Oklahoma State has since moved on but has kept up contact with the speedy wideout.
"I was talking with coach (Gunter) Brewer at Oklahoma State but he's now at Ole Miss," he said. "I talked to him after he went there and he said he really liked me as a player and he said he's going to talk to the coaches there about me.
"I'm originally from Louisiana and I'm kind of familiar with that whole area of Mississippi and everything. I wouldn't mind going back kind of round home. I'd like to go to Ole Miss and play in the SEC."
Thomas is also receiving quite a bit of attention from another national power as the head coach stopped by his school.
"Boise State, coach (Chris) Petersen and coach (Brent) Pease came down here to check me out," he said. "They seem to like me. Coach Pease said I kind of remind him of Titus Young a little bit. They said they're going to try and get a camp down here since they're way up in Idaho."
Thomas has yet to hear from a Pac-12 program but hopes to soon.
"I haven't talked to anybody at Oregon," he said, "but I really like Oregon's offense. I think, with my skills, I could fit in their offense. I want to get in touch with them but I don't know how."
Thomas was a first-team all-district selection for the Cougars this past season. In 10 games, he caught 71 passes for 1,185 yards and 12 touchdowns.