December 21, 2009

Thomas has eyes on 4-year starting job at CSU

It's incredible what a group of promising coaches can do in the world of college football recruiting. For El Cajon (CA) Valhalla 4-star quarterback Pete Thomas, that's all it took for him to pull the trigger in the direction of the Colorado State Rams on Monday.

Thomas, who stands at 6-foot-5, 222 pounds, originally committed to Arizona State until the Sun Devils fired offensive coordinator Rich Olson on Dec. 3-that personnel change opened the door back up for the Rams, who was high on the quarterback's list over the summer.

After an official visit over the weekend, Thomas knew where he wanted to play college ball.

"I made it official this morning," Thomas said over the phone. "But I already knew Saturday night or Sunday morning that I was going to commit."

Ultimately, there was one reason the 4-star gunslinger wanted to go to school in Fort Collins.

"It was definitely the coaches, I don't think you can find better coaches anywhere in the country," said Thomas, who is ranked as the No. 19 pro-style quarterback in the class of 2010. "Coach Fairchild and the rest of the staff are really dedicated to turning this thing around and I would really like to be part of that."

Thomas' skills should only improve under the current coaching staff. In 11 games as a senior in 2009, he completed 64 percent of his passes for 2,392 yards, 24 touchdowns and only six picks. He also ran for six scores.

Though it takes 11 men on the field at a time to make an offense work, perhaps no player is more instrumental than the quarterback. As a December graduate, Thomas will join the CSU football team in spring ball to help develop his skills.

The goal? To become a four-year starter under center for the green and gold. He says both him and the coaching staff have talked about his opportunity to quickly climb the Rams' depth chart.

But while aspirations are always good, there's still a question of whether or not a freshman has what it takes to lead a college football team during his first year in the program. Thomas feels like he has what it takes.

"I definitely think I have what it takes," Thomas said. "I'm not over-confident, but I'm confident in my ability to get the job done and do what the coaches ask."

Thomas says one of the reasons he chose CSU was because the opportunity to be a starter early was one he couldn't pass up. The Mountain West Conference saw two schools have a lot of success from true freshman quarterbacks in 2009 with Utah's Jordan Wynn and Wyoming's Austen Carta-Samuels.

As of Monday, Thomas is the second-highest rated quarterback in the class of 2010 who has committed to a MWC. Jake Heaps, who has given a verbal to BYU, is the highest, rated as the No. 1 pro-style quarterback in the nation.

While Thomas has decommitted from one school already, there might be a question amongst fans of whether or not he's dedicated to the Rams. Thomas was assuring in saying that isn't the case as he plans to sign his Letter of Intent as soon as it comes in the mail from the CSU coaches.

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