As the top uncommitted tight end in the nation, Palmdale (Calif.) Highland tight end Christian Thomas has continued to receive heavy interest from some of the top football programs in the nation.
Thomas recently picked up an offer from Oklahoma.
"I just got it two days ago, they mailed it to me," he said. "That's a big school for me."
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Though he admits he hasn't followed the Sooners very closely over the past few years, Thomas has noticed that OU features the nation's top tight end, Jermaine Gresham.
"No. 18, I see what they can do with him and I know they can do it with me," he said.
Thomas, Rivals.com's No. 2 tight end, still considers USC and UCLA his top two schools at this point.
"I like their tradition of winning," he said of the Trojans. "Nobody can beat that. If you have a tradition of winning, it speaks for itself. UCLA, it's just a great program, great people, great atmosphere – it's just a great place to be, and that's why I like it so much."
USC has already landed commitments from two 2010 tight ends, Xavier Grimble and Randall Telfer. Grimble is considered the top tight end in the nation, and Telfer is ranked No. 7 by Rivals. Having to compete with those two for playing time wouldn't bother Thomas if he went to USC.
"It's all about competition," he said. "If you can't beat out two other players in your class, there's no point in saying you want to be the best player out there.
In addition to those three schools, Thomas is considering LSU, Washington, Cal and Oregon. He's begun thinking about the official visits he'll take this fall and has nailed down two of them.
"The only thing I know is, I want to go to LSU and Cal," Thomas said. "Those are the only two I've mapped out. I probably won't go to UCLA or USC since I've already been to them plenty. I won't count them out, though."
Highland began summer practices last week. Thomas said in addition to playing tight end this fall, he'll also see time at wide receiver, linebacker and defensive end.
"We're going to have a great team this year," he said. "We all want a ring, so we've been working real hard and we strive to get it."