Rams enroll freshman quarterback Thomas
Jan. 5, 2010
By Zak Gilbert
FORT COLLINS, Colo. - The Colorado State football program has inked quarterback Pete Thomas to a financial aid agreement, and the university has enrolled him for spring classes. Head Coach Steve Fairchild made the announcement Tuesday.
Thomas, a 6-foot-5, 220-pound signal-caller from Valhalla High School in El Cajon, Calif., has completed his coursework with a 4.0 grade-point average, graduated one semester early, and will begin CSU classes Jan. 19. He also will begin Phase I of the Rams' offseason conditioning program with his new teammates this month, and begin practice when the Rams kick off spring ball March 26.
His addition means the Rams could at some point in the future have two four-star athletes in their offensive backfield, including UCLA transfer Raymond Carter, highly rated out of Crenshaw High School in 2006. After sitting out a season per NCAA transfer rules, Carter will be eligible to compete as a junior in 2010.
The latest in a strong list of Rams quarterbacks from the San Diego area, Thomas follows CSU Hall of Famers Anthoney Hill (San Diego) and Moses Moreno (Chula Vista), and Fairchild (San Diego).
Thomas also becomes CSU's second true freshman in as many years to forego his final high-school semester to enroll early in Fort Collins, following DE C.J. James in 2009. He is the second player to join CSU's class of 2010, following the addition of grayshirt safety Mike Orakpo last month. National signing day is Feb. 3. Tentatively, the Rams' first of 15 spring practices is March 26, and their annual spring game is April 24.
High School: Rated the No. 19 pro-style quarterback in the nation, and given four stars by both Rivals.com and Scout.com, was Rivals' No. 41 overall prospect from the state of California...A three-year starter, three-year captain and two-time team MVP at Valhalla High School in El Cajon, Calif., guided the Norsemen to a 19-5 record over his final two seasons...Combined over those junior and senior seasons, threw for 5,553 yards, 52 TDs and only 11 INTs, completing better than 66 percent of his passes to capture consecutive Grossmont South League Offensive Player of the Year honors, in both 2008 and `09...Including the last three games of his freshman year, started 36 games in a storied prep career, finishing with back-to-back first-team all-state recognition as a junior and senior...As a senior in 2009, guided the Norsemen to the first conference championship in the 34-year-old program's history, and the first round of the CIF Division II state playoffs, completing 64 percent of his passes for 2,392 yards, 24 scores and only six INTs; also carried for six TDs...As a junior in 2008, threw for 3,161 yards, 28 touchdowns compared to five interceptions, and completed 68 percent of his passes in helping VHS advance to the San Diego section final at Qualcomm Stadium, where the 11-2 Norsemen lost to eventual state champion Cathedral...Also served as his team's kicker, earning first-team all-league honors as a junior...Owns single-season and career VHS passing records for completions, completion percentage, yards and touchdowns, as well as career field goals...Selected first-team all-conference as a junior and senior, and second-team all-league as a sophomore...All-earned sophomore all-state honors in 2007...Lettered four years in football, and two in baseball, where he played varsity ball as a freshman and sophomore before opting to concentrate on football...Played in the Jan. 2 Offense-Defense All-American Bowl in Myrtle Beach, S.C. ...Head football coaches were Steve Slaton and Dave Hostetler...Has 4.9 speed in the 40-yard dash...Graduated one semester early with a 4.0 GPA, helping him earn San Diego Union-Tribune Scholar-Athlete award four times, and the publication's Student-Athlete of the Year among prep football players in San Diego County after his senior year...Chose Colorado State over offers from Arizona State, Harvard, Boston College, Northwestern and Maryland.
Personal: Given name Peter Alan Thomas...Born Oct. 11, 1991, in San Diego, Calif. ...Son of Dan and Avis Thomas...Has one brother, Chris...Mother is one of 10 children, and many of his nearly 50 cousins have competed collegiately, the most prominent of which is New England Patriots guard Stephen Neal, a world-champion wrestler who never played college football but now owns three Super Bowl rings...Both parents hold graduate degrees, including his father, who did undergraduate coursework at West Point...Would like to major in sociology with a concentration in criminal justice, or communications...Hometown: El Cajon, Calif.