December 17, 2009

Thomas looking forward to CSU visit

In a way, El Cajon (CA) Valhalla pro-style quarterback Pete Thomas has opened his recruitment back up, but only to one school. The Arizona State commitment is now allowing one other school to join the mix, that being Colorado State University.

After the Sun Devils fired offensive coordinator Rich Olson on Dec. 3, Thomas decided that he would reevaluate his options in the form of an official visit to Fort Collins. Thomas will be in town on Friday.

"With ASU's offensive coordinator being fired, I just need to reevaluate some stuff," Thomas said.

While ASU is having a change in their OC coaching position, so is CSU as Greg Peterson was reassigned to strictly "recruiting coordinator" in November. Thomas says he is aware of the coaching situation with the Rams.

At 6-foot-5, 220 pounds, Thomas is a fan of the pro-style offense that is run at Colorado State and it's one of the reasons he's drawn to the program. He also took an unofficial visit to the Centennial State over the summer when he visited both the Buffs in Boulder and Rams in Fort Collins. Thomas' older brother is currently a junior at the Air Force Academy.

Could his older brother, a former AFA wrestler, have any influence on the younger Thomas' decision?

"My brother goes to school down at the Academy. He used to wrestle there, but then he got too many concussions so he doesn't do it any more," Thomas said. "We're really close. My freshman year he was a senior and we both played on the varsity (football) team together. We have a really good relationship so it would be nice to spend a year and a half up there with him."

Along with CSU and ASU, the California prospect holds offers from Harvard and Northwestern.

Even though Thomas, who is ranked as the No. 19 pro-style quarterback in the class of 2010, has dropped his commitment to Arizona State from a solid to a soft verbal, he still has good things to say about the Sun Devils.

"I'm still committed to ASU, I mean I love it out there," the four-star quarterback said. "The weather, the facilities, the people out the-the school has a lot of support."

Thomas has said that he is aware of the quarterback situation at Colorado State with the recruits that have committed, including Redlands, Calif., signal caller Tyler Shreve. According to Thomas, he and the coaching staff have "talked about the situation."

And when is the deadline for the San Diego area quarterback to make his final decision? Thomas says he might make it as early as next week and will keep in the loop about his choice.

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