Aldine (Texas) Eisenhower safety Devonte Thomas has been drawing comparisons for quite some time to a former player from his school at the same position - former five-star prospect and current LSU Tiger Craig Loston. Both are big, physical safeties who love to lay the big hit.
Thomas saw his recruitment take a big bump in the fall, though. The 6-foot-1, 197-pound junior tore his ACL in the middle of the season. It would be months before he could take part in any physical activity again. However, it did not stop an in-state program from offering him recently.
"I got my first offer last week," Thomas said. "Houston offered me. My coach had told me about the offer. They offered both me and Greg (Jackson) and they wanted us to come out there on Saturday so we did.
"They took us on a tour and then I talked to the head coach. We watched practice afterwards. It's a nice school. I could see myself going there."
In fact, Thomas' teammate made a decision while on campus.
"Greg told me he had committed to them," he said. "He liked everything he saw there and went ahead and decided he wanted to go to Houston."
While Thomas is not quite ready to end the recruiting process himself, he does not have any more visits set for this spring.
"I don't have anything else planned," he said. "Not as of now, at least. I may try and make to some other places but I'm not sure yet."
For now, Thomas is simply focused on his recovery. While it is going well, he is not likely to participate in spring practice.
"It's good," he said. "I'm starting to run again. I should be cleared in another five weeks or so when I go back to the doctor. I haven't had any problems running on it, though.
"I don't think I'm going to be able to do spring ball. There just won't be enough time to get back to 100-percent before then. I'm just going to get prepared for next season. I don't want to be in such a hurry to rush back that I get injured again."
Thomas says most schools are waiting to see how he has recovered this fall before offering. So, the fact that Houston did not wait says a lot to him.
"It means something to me," he said. "They still believe in me enough to offer me. That is really telling to me, for sure."