UCLA, others involved with Thomas
Michael Thomas continues to have an immensely productive senior season and although he hasn't publicized it much with college coaches there are new schools out there showing interest in him.
UCLA is getting much more involved and so is Boston College, Thomas said. The Bruins could be coming to his playoff game Friday night and the Eagles' coaching staff has contacted Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft coach Matt Kerstetter to gauge interest.
An offer from UCLA would be huge.
"UCLA has picked up a lot," Thomas said. "They're just going to come out to my game. They want to see me live. They've seen the numbers, they like everything and now they just want to see me live.
"I am definitely interested in UCLA. It's close to home, right down the street. I always grew up watching them. UCLA is a great place. If they offer, they'd definitely be high on my list."
Boston College is also being strongly considered. The Eagles are new on his list though so Thomas, a 6-foot-3, 180-pound prospect, said he plans to do his research on them. The three-star recruit plans to take an unofficial visit to Oregon State this weekend for the USC game. The Beavers and Wyoming have offered.
"They've been sending me a lot of mail," Thomas said of BC.
"They were sending me so much mail. In a week I would get like eight letters from them. I thought it was BS or some junk mail and then all of a sudden they contacted my coach and he was saying they're coming after me and they wanted to know if I'd really go across the country to play over there.
"A lot of schools on the East Coast, that's basically what they're saying. They want to know. They don't want to waste their time with California kids if I'm not going to for sure come."
Rated as the No. 82 wide receiver nationally by Rivals.com, Thomas has come on strong this season. He has 76 receptions for 1,392 yards and 15 touchdowns and is the favorite target of Arizona State quarterback commit Michael Bercovici. Taft plays Los Angeles West Adams Prep in the playoffs Friday night.
"Things have been going great and I couldn't complain at all," Thomas said.
"Usually when I have big games there are other guys who have big games also. We have a tight end named Miles Johnson and when we play we always get each other open. If the guy drops and plays him then I'm open. If he guards me then he's open."