D.J. Thomas’ Dream Came True

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Patrick Henry (Ashland, VA) senior D.J. Thomas verbally committed to Virginia Tech in August, but it was not for the 2007 class. The standout tailback/defensive back acknowledged then that he would have to attend prep school before getting to Blacksburg. Two months making this decision, he remains excited and is looking forward to his future as a Hokie.

“I’m very excited,” Thomas said of choosing Virginia Tech. “It’s close to home. My parents wanted me to go there. Coach Cav and the rest of the coaching staff are pretty nice. I just like the program. I’ve always dreamed to go there. I guess it came true. I was pretty proud of myself when I committed.”

Thomas will certainly have to go to prep school before enrolling at Tech, but there is a chance he may not have to prep for a full year.

“Right now, I’m trying to keep my grades up as high as possible,” Thomas said. “Then I’ll go to prep school for a semester. I hope to enroll in January of 2008.”

In Thomas, Virginia Tech landed a 5-9, 170-pound speedster. He was initially recruited by the Hokies as a defensive back (he made nine interceptions last year as a junior), but says “[Patrick Henry Assistant] Coach [Scott] Brown says they may like me on offense now.”

If true, who could blame the Tech staff? This season, Thomas has rushed 114 times for 1,092 yards and 15 touchdowns in only seven games. He feels like he is a better player than last season, when he for 1,318 yards in the entire season.

“I just go hard in practice everyday,” Thomas said. “I worked really hard over the summer, so I guess it’s paying off. My leg strength is better. I’m bouncing off tackles left and right it. I’m pretty excited about it.”

Patrick Henry, which went undefeated in last year’s regular season, is undefeated so far this year. It faces its biggest contest of the year in two days, when it takes on undefeated Deep Run for control of the Colonial District.

“It should be a pretty good game,” Thomas said. “They do a good job of having everybody run to the football. They play good team defense. I know they will put nine people in the box. Last year, they held me to about 60 yards. I told our coaches that I want to put up over 200 yards this year to prove

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