For 2022 4-star wide receiver Kevin Thomas, the end of his recruiting process is getting closer and closer. After a visit to Michigan State on Friday, it’ll be time for him to start thinking about one of the biggest decisions of his life, where he’ll play college football.
Fortunately for West Virginia, his June 11th visit to Morgantown went very well, and he made a few friends who could have an impact on where he’ll spend the next four years — after his senior season at Neumann-Goretti High School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
“The visit was very nice,” Thomas told WVSN. “It was a family atmosphere, I felt that right when I got there, everybody embraced me right when I got there, everybody was friendly. Just the relationship I have with the coaches and the relationship the coaches have with each other is really nice.”
Thomas (6-foot-3, 200 pounds) seems to be leaning toward either WVU or Michigan State, but he also has offers from Arizona State, Central Michigan, Florida, Maryland, Ole Miss, Nebraska, Oregon, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Temple, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Virginia Tech, Bowling Green, Cincinnati and UCONN. Thomas released his Top 10 earlier this month, which featured both WVU and Michigan State.
— Kevin Thomas (@k_thomas8) May 31, 2021
During Thomas’s visit to Morgantown, he got to spend some time with recent 4-star WVU quarterback commit Nicco Marchiol, 4-star running back Justin Williams and 4-star linebacker Travious Lathan. He said getting to hang out with those guys, building relationships with them during the visit, really made an impression upon him. “It was just fun hanging out with them,” he said.
While Thomas doesn’t have an exact timeline laid out for his official commitment date yet, he would like to have to committed by the time his senior season at Neumann-Goretti rolls around. And he said WVU is definitely one of his top schools right now.
Thomas’s relationship with the coaches is growing not only from his own personal experiences with the coaching staff, but from the way they’re growing WVU football.
“They’re building the program back up to where it used to be, they’re bringing in guys, they’re bringing Nicco — that’s the main thing that attracts me,” Thomas said.
Marchiol, one of the highest-rated quarterback recruits in WVU history, has generated a lot of buzz for WVU, and Thomas has seen the hype for himself firsthand.
“Yeah, any receiver wants to play with a good quarterback,” Thomas said. “I know Nicco’s a great quarterback.”
Thomas will return to Neumann-Goretti for his senior season, looking to finally return to the gridiron after the Saints were only able to play one game last season — a game in which he scored twice, once on offense and once on defense.