December 20, 2011
Thomas staying firm
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While it is no surprise that many of the Ohio prospects have re-affirmed their commitments to Ohio State after the NCAA verdict, one of the most outspoken members of the class in the wake of this news has been Fork Union wide receiver Michael Thomas. Though Thomas may not have the same ties to Ohio State that other members of the Buckeyes' 2012 class have, The 6-foot-4, 203-pound prospect made it perfectly clear where he stands on his commitment to the program in a statement that he released to BuckeyeGrove.com.
"You have to be able to see the bigger picture," explained Thomas. "Right now, I'm seeing the bigger picture and the one-year bowl ban sucks, but we have to see the bigger picture. We still get a whole season to take care of before we even reach a bowl game and I play every game like it's a big bowl game."
Thomas maintains that he is still one-hundred percent committed to Ohio State, though that didn't stop schools from reaching out to the talented prospect this afternoon as the news broke.
"Since the bowl ban has started coming up in the news, a couple of programs have been hitting me up, trying to see if I would still be interested," he said. "I have the opportunity of a lifetime in front of me at THEE Ohio State University that I can't pass up."
Thomas continued that he is just focusing on what he can do to improve as a player and isn't concerning himself with any distractions around the Ohio State program.
"You can't expect something from nothing so I'm just working hard every day and not paying attention to the media because at the end of the day, they can't play the game for you," he said. "They are always going to talk, that's their job, that's what they do."
Thomas also added that he is extremely eager to suit up for Ohio State.
"All of the high school accolades I received and all of the honors were a blessing from God," he explained. "Still, I am ready for the big stage, big lights, and to perform in front of the best fans in the country. The best fans in the country are still Ohio State fans, so the stage is still set for me to perform on and that is all that I need."
Thomas is rated a four-star prospect by Rivals.com.
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