February 22, 2012

Thomas piling up offers, set for TCU visit

Colleyville Heritage quarterback Cody Thomas has been extremely busy as of late and has seen his stock shoot through the roof.

This week alone, he was offered by North Carolina, Virginia, Michigan State and TCU.

The 6-foot-5, 215 pound four-star gunslinger and two-sport standout, a member of the Rivals 250 ranked as the No. 178 overall player in the country, found time to check out a TCU baseball game last Sunday and plans to make the short drive over the Horned Frogs' campus again this coming Sunday for TCU's junior day.

"Me and a couple of my buddies went to their baseball game on Sunday," he said. "I called one of their football coaches and he came out there and talked to me and said they were offering me a scholarship."

Thomas, who is projected as a potential MLB draft pick, spoke with TCU tight ends and special teams coach Dan Sharp and also had a chance to meet with the baseball staff as well.

"Before the game, I got to go down on the field and meet some of the coaches," Thomas said.

"Right now I would like to baseball and football (in college)," he said. "I am going to pick a college for football though."

It wasn't the first trip to TCU for Thomas, who was all-district in baseball last season as an outfielder and who threw for 3,300 yards and 37 TDs with 15 INTs on the gridiron last fall.

"One of my old baseball coaches, his brother played at TCU and I actually went to a game this fall," he said.

Thomas has become familiar with the Horned Frogs over the year and said TCU is a program he is considering.

"Yeah, they are going to the Big 12 and they are close to home. My mom would love for me to stay close. Distance isn't a big deal for me but that is nice that it is your hometown. I have followed TCU for a while," he said.

Thomas led Heritage to a 9-2 mark last season, falling to eventual state semifinalist Mansfield Timberview in bi-district.

Against Euless Trinity's vaunted defense, Thomas racked up 361 yards and 5 TDs in an overtime game, nearly handing Trinity its only regular season loss.

In between early morning football workouts and afternoon baseball practice, Thomas has had to juggle hearing from some of the nation's top programs as of late.

The recent offers added to ones from USC, Auburn, Arkansas, Florida, Texas Tech and Oklahoma State among others.

When he's not keeping track of his ever-growing offer list, Thomas is doing his due diligence to become one of the nation's top-rated quarterbacks.

"I do my football workouts in the morning before school and I have baseball practice after school," he said. "Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays I come before the lifting and throw the football and on Tuesdays and Thursdays I'm watching film before we lift."

His visit to TCU will be his first junior day and he said he may make future plans but has nothing set in stone at this point.

"I was supposed to go to Texas on Saturday but they offered Tyrone Swoopes and I am starting to rethink that decision. I might still go but I am not for sure yet," he said.

"I am going to try and visit some places I am interested in right now. I don't know when though and I'll have to see how my baseball schedule pans out."

Thomas runs one of the most prolific spread offenses in the state and didn't have to use his legs last season. He can when called upon though and has been clocked with a 4.5 40-time.

He said he is open to pretty much any offensive scheme at the next level.

"I might think about going somewhere where they have a pro set but I am just trying to find the best fit right now," he said.

"I'd like to be at a place where I can see myself playing at and getting a chance to play because I'm not going to want to go to college and just sit on the sidelines my whole career."

He has spoken with several of the nation's top programs as of late.

"USC has Matt Barkley in his senior year and they are trying to find another guy to fit that role and they said they are only going to take one (quarterback). Other schools I've talked to, like Florida, said they are only going to take one all of them are trying to find a guy who can play a couple years."

If he weren't already busy enough, Thomas starts 7 on 7 football in the next few weeks.

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