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When he signed with the Hokies in February earlier this year, Virginia Tech recruit D.J. Thomas knew he would have to go to prep school eventually landing in Blacksburg. Now, the 5-9, 175-pound prospect knows exactly where he will go.
“I’m going to Fork Union,” said Thomas. “Hopefully, I’ll just be there for a semester and then enroll at Virginia Tech.”
A star for Patrick Henry High School (Ashland, VA), Thomas rushed for 1,595 yards on 171 carries in his senior season. The Colonial District Offensive Player of the Year, he averaged 9.3 yards per carry. Thomas also earned Richmond Times-Dispatch all-metro honors each of the past two seasons.
Thomas reflected on his senior season and looks ahead to his time at Fork Union.
“It was all right,” Thomas said of his senior season. “We finished 8-2, but we didn’t make the playoffs so we weren’t better than the previous year. Stat-wise, I was way better but I would have liked for our team to do better.
“I’m going in to Fork Union to play running back, I think. I plan on getting bigger there. Academically, I need to boost my SAT scores.”
On signing day, Thomas was listed as an “athlete” on Virginia Tech’s official web site. Making nine interceptions on defense his junior season, he certainly has shown talent on both sides of the ball. But he believes running back will be his first position at Virginia Tech.
“I’d be pretty pumped to play running back,” Thomas said. “I’d have to get bigger, though. I have to gain about 20 pounds. Tech sent me a weight program to follow, so I think I’ll do that after I’m done with track.”
Does Thomas see himself as a 25-carry-a-game type of back or a versatile back in the mold of a Reggie Bush?
“I’d say Reggie Bush,” Thomas replied. “They haven’t mentioned specifically what my role would be, but I think they could move me out to receiver some and play me at running back.”
Thomas reflected on his decision to attend Virginia Tech.
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