Michael Thomas got a call from Oregon State coach Mike Riley Monday night and that could only be a good thing. The Beavers' coach offered the Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft receiver a scholarship, his first one but maybe not his last.
Thomas, a 6-foot-3, 180-pound three-star prospect, camped in Corvallis this summer and Oregon State's coaching staff reportedly liked what they saw - enough to stay interested into the fall and then finally offer.
"They were recruiting me for a minute," Thomas said. "I went to their camp and then their whole thing was I needed to get them some film. I did so well at the camp but they wanted to see me in pads and on film.
"The coaching staff is great, they're really down-to-earth. When I went up there for camp it seemed like the coaching staff were all brothers. They all work together. They know what they're talking about."
Thomas is off to a fantastic start this season with 37 receptions for 574 yards and six touchdowns. Taft is 2-2 so far and this weekend visits Encino (Calif.) Crespi, which is led by explosive three-star receiver Devin Lucien and 2012 offensive tackle Jordan Simmons.
Tennessee, Michigan, UCLA, USC, Arizona State, Arizona, Colorado, Wisconsin, Nebraska and Oregon are also getting involved with Thomas, one of the top receivers at the Eugene NIKE Camp this spring.
The offer from Oregon State and all the increased interest is finally making Thomas realize his dreams are coming true.
"I'm really excited about the offer," Thomas said. "I'm just talking it over with my coach and my family right now and my uncle just to see how they feel about that. I wouldn't be surprised if more offers came down the road.
"It's making me realize my dreams are coming true. I'm working hard and hopefully everything will come out the way I want it "