Thomas Staying Open

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5-9, 170-pound Patrick Henry (Ashland, VA) star D.J. Thomas came close in recent weeks to making an early decision, but has decided to stick with his original plan of committing after his senior season. The standout running back/defensive back talked about his near decision as well as what his plans are for the summer.

“I was thinking about committing to Virginia Tech early, but I kind of backed off,” Thomas said. “I want to see what happens my senior year. I’m looking for more offers after my senior season.”

Virginia Tech could very well be the ultimate destination for Thomas. But, for now, he wants to stay open all programs.

“I don’t really have any favorites right now,” Thomas said. “Like I’ve said before, it could come down to Virginia Tech.”

Thomas has received an official offer from Virginia Tech as well as an official offer from the University of Tennessee. Marshall has expressed very serious interest, while Maryland and Virginia were among the programs to visit Patrick Henry last month.

“Maryland wants to offer me, but they want me to come to their one-day camp first,” Thomas said. “I don’t know about that.

“I think Virginia wants to see my transcripts after I finish the year. Mike Groh asked me to come up for a visit, but I don’t know if I’ll be able to because of scheduling. I have a busy schedule this summer with weight training and summer school.”

Patrick Henry assistant coach Scott Brown says “everyone is waiting for his grades to be released at the end of the school year. He should complete the year fairly well so we expect the offer number to climb during the summer.”

Thomas is also confident of his accomplishments in the classroom.

“It’s treating me great so far,” Thomas said of his efforts in the classroom. “I’m going to finish out strong these last nine weeks in schools.”

In addition to hitting the books, Thomas has been focusing on track. He captured Colonial District titles in the 100-meter and 200-meter events, respectively. He ran a personal best 100-meter time of 10.93 in the Deep Run Invitational. Though he did not turn in his best showing in the state championship, Thomas was proud of his junior season accomplishments.

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