Patrick Henry Star Lands First Offer

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Patrick Henry (Ashland, VA) star D.J. Thomas picked up his first official scholarship offer last week, when Virginia Tech came in with an official letter. There certainly may be more to come for the 5-9, 168-pound standout athlete, as Maryland and Virginia have been showing interest as well.

“D.J. has received a written offer from Virginia Tech,” Patrick Henry assistant coach Scott Brown said.

“[Maryland assistant] Coach Bratton was watching film and he told me to stop the tape only four games in. He told me he had seen enough and that D.J. was a player. Mike Groh was visiting before and he said he loved the tape.”

Thomas recently made an unofficial visit to the University of Maryland for a junior day, an experience he called “pretty cool.” He made an unofficial visit to a UVa junior day as a sophomore and was recently at Virginia Tech for an indoor rack meet, so he has at least seen all three schools.

Thomas, who will be playing on the varsity squad for the third straight year when he takes the field in 2006, made the Richmond Times-Dispatch first-team all-metro squad as a utility player for his performance in 2005. He rushed for 1,318 yards and had 161 yards receiving. On defense, he made nine interceptions from the cornerback position.

“I think I played ok,” Thomas said of his junior season. Besides playing running back, wide receiver, and cornerback, he is a kick returner and the punt returner as well. “I think I did better than my sophomore year. I had more rushing yards this year and more touchdowns. Overall, I think I did ok. This year, I’m really trying to step it up. I’m trying to improve on my catching ability and my footwork.”

One of Thomas’ best attributes is his speed. He was timed in the 4.5s in the 40-yard dash during the All-American junior combine in San Antonio last month. He participates in indoor and outdoor track, and recently qualified for the state meet by running a personal best 6.56 in the 55 meters. A good overall athlete, Thomas also recently recorded a personal best long jump of 21 feet, 8.25 inches.

Schools are recruiting Thomas