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Thomas staying busy

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El Cajon (Calif.) Valhalla quarterback Pete Thomas had a couple bad breaks this spring.
He liked Boston College after receiving an offer and taking a visit, but the Eagles landed a commitment from Joe Boisture of Saline, Mich. He also liked Maryland and had an offer from the Terps, but they grabbed Easton (Pa.) Wilson's Tyler Smith.
Though losing out on the ACC schools disappointed Thomas, his luck may be starting to turn.
The 6-foot-5, 220-pound pro-style passer has received offers from Colorado State and Harvard and has also begun talks with a few powerhouse schools.
Thomas is visiting Colorado and Colorado State this weekend, a trip he's looking forward to.
"I got the CSU offer maybe a week ago, and Colorado came out to watch me throw and they wanted me to come out and visit," he said.
Thomas said he was pleased by the Rams' offer and likes coach Steve Fairchild's ability to mold quarterbacks.
"They run a pro-style offense, and their quarterback from two years ago (Caleb Hanie) is in the NFL," Thomas said. "Coach Fairchild, he knows how to develop quarterbacks. Him, his running backs coach and his offensive coordinator all played quarterback, so they all know how to develop them. It means a lot to me. I'm definitely looking forward to that visit."
A school's ability to turn high school quarterbacks into NFL-quality passers is important to Thomas, and Harvard has done that in recent years.
"Obviously, Harvard speaks for itself academically," he said. "Plus, their coach said they had two quarterbacks who signed NFL contracts this past year (Chris Pizzotti and Ryan Fitzpatrick)."
Thomas said he's always had an interest in Colorado for a number of reasons.
"They play in the Big 12, their new offensive coordinator will run a true pro-style offense and from every game I've watched on TV, it seems like they have great fan support," he said. "It's a school I've always watched."
Thomas would love to see the Buffs tender him an offer this weekend, but he doubts that will happen.
"Their coach said he wants to wait until after their camp and see some other guys before they make an offer, but I've heard nothing but great things about the school," he said. "I hear they have really nice facilities, so I'm looking forward to the visit."
Thomas has also begun talking to Ohio State and LSU. He called the opportunity to speak with the big-time programs "an honor."
"I've been e-mailing with a few of them and talking to them on the phone," he said. "I've only talked to an Ohio State coach once, coach Joe Daniels. I've talked to coach Gary Crowton a couple times from LSU, and we might go out there and visit.
"Just from talking to him, coach Crowton seems like a genius when it comes to breaking down defenses. It's big-time football down there, and that's what I'm looking for."
Thomas continues to speak with USC and has been in contact with the school since his sophomore year.
"From USC, I've talked to coach John Morton, coach Jeremy Bates and coach Pete Carroll," he said. "Coach Carroll called me on Sunday night."
Despite all the new schools showing interest, Thomas still considers Arizona State and Northwestern his top schools.
"I talk to them every week, and those schools have been recruiting me the longest," he said. "They were my first few offers and they've been coming at me the hardest. Right now, the schools I have offers from are my favorites."
In addition to his trip to Colorado this weekend, Thomas hopes to take a second visit to Arizona State and wants to make his first trip out to LSU. He likely won't attend any camps this summer due to a full schedule of summer workouts and 7-on-7 tournaments.
Thomas hopes to land a decision within the next month.
"My plan is definitely to commit to one school and take an official visit there, and if it's close to home I'll go to as many games as I can," he said.
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