Michael Thomas, the 5-foot-11, 180-pound three-star cornerback/wide receiver from Nimitz High School in Houston, Texas, finished his senior season (6-4) with 573 yards rushing and four touchdowns. He also threw for 507 yards with an additional two touchdowns.
Thomas plans to announce his decision tomorrow (Thursday, Dec. 6) at 6:30 pm at the KHOU studios in Houston. "I've narrowed it down to three schools (Stanford, Northwestern and Iowa State)," Thomas said. "They are all gonna find out tomorrow. All the coaches know that it's down to three, but I haven't told anyone yet what's gonna happen. I've already made up my mind, but I'm waiting until tomorrow to tell people. All three schools are great, but there's really only one that I could really see myself at."
This past weekend Thomas visited Stanford and it may seem like the Cardinal are the team to beat. "It was a great experience," he said. "I liked getting to see the college life there. I was really surprised by the student life because they actually know how to have fun and don't just study and work. I had a great feeling about them there.
"I met some great students and professors and it was cool how they all seemed to really support the football team and players," he said. "My (player) host was Austin Yancy and he's from Houston too and they have plenty of Texas guys there."
Thomas chose a good weekend to visit the Cardinal as it was when they played rival California. "That was the first time they beat Cal since 2001," he said. "It was really exciting to be there. This rivalry has been around a long time and it's great to see how much people care about it. I got in Friday night and there was a lot of pre-game stuff going on and just being at the game was amazing. It was great to see the team band together and pull out the win."
Thomas visited Stanford last summer and says he expected them to be a team on the rise. "I could sense the excitement even back then," he said. "Coach Jim Harbaugh has really made some strides and pulled out some big wins this year. They really seem ready to get to the next level. They are a team on the rise and that's something that I could really see myself being a part of."
The question mark earlier this season was whether Thomas would get accepted by the Stanford admissions department. With a 3.4 core GPA and a 1450 SAT on his retake, he says he has received his acceptance letter.
Thomas took his first official visit to Northwestern on Sept. 15 and says that during the year the Wildcats have been recruiting him the hardest. He had an in-home visit from head coach Pat Fitzgerald on Dec. 4. "It was a good visit," he said. "But they've been on me hard all season. It seems like every week they were at my games and I like the letters and calls I would get from coach Fitzgerald. I liked the personal attention.
"I know they are disappointed in their results this season, but they battled some injuries this year and I think things are looking up for them."
Earlier today, he had an in-home visit from a few of the Iowa State coaches. "They basically talked with me about coach Gene Chizik's plan for me," he said. "He's produced a bunch of great defensive backs and cornerbacks and said that I could be the next great one for them."
Thomas is ranked as the No. 55 running back in the country by Scout.com, but says that his top three all want him at cornerback.