It does not take long watching Jeff Thomas' film to see the East St. Louis freshman will be a major national prospect and today, the Michigan Wolverines became an early player in his recruitment, adding their name to an offer list that already includes Syracuse and Kansas.
"Jeff's excited," Flyers wide receiver coach Hairt Mitchom said. "Honestly, we kind of shelter him from some of it because he is a freshman, but any time Michigan offers, there is excitement behind that. He has embraced the opportunity and challenge."
By this time his senior year, Thomas is likely to have offers from around the country.
"We talked to him and understands that he will get a few more, but that said, Michigan is Michigan when it comes down to it. It's a big school so that solidifies him in terms of where he's at now. It's a motivator for where he needs to get to."
The Flyers have had some great wide receivers in their program from Kraig Appleton and Terry Hawthorne to Keante Minor, who were all BCS signees and Mitchom says Thomas is as talented as any he has had.
"He is by far, and I've been around the program since 2001, the quickest receiver we've had and that's a strong statement for a freshmen. He gets in and out of breaks faster than anyone I've seen do it. That's what sets him apart from everybody else and how he had 1,000 yards as a freshman, he goes from zero to 100 miles an hour in two steps."
Right now, Mitchom says Thomas is not able to get to many visits on his own, so the schools he sees will be dependent on where heavily recruited junior teammates Terry Beckner and Natereace Strong visit.
"If he goes anywhere to visit it'll be when we take Terry and Nate probably to Missouri, maybe Kansas, somewhere within a four to five hour drive time where the coaches can take him. Michigan did offer Terry but didn't offer Nate so right now he'll be on a circuit with them."