Sometimes it takes until midway through a prospect’s senior year to break out on the recruiting trail. Other times a recruit gains notoriety early on in his high school career. But when a player has the physical makeup of sophomore linebacker Charles Thomas, it does not take long for colleges to notice that his talent is hard to come across.
Checking in at 6-foot-1 and 220-pounds, Thomas is already a national prospect who is landing offers early on from Power Five programs. The catch? His sophomore campaign is not even halfway through.
At this juncture, Thomas holds scholarship offers from schools such as Clemson, Michigan, Tennessee, West Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, Tulane and Toledo, while more programs are sure to enter the mix after his sophomore tape is disseminated to interested parties.
Speaking of his midseason highlight film, which can be viewed on Hudl, Thomas exhibits a tenacious pursuit of the football that can be attributed to none other than his will to win. As an inside linebacker, Thomas is responsible for any running plays coming up the middle, but he also pursues ball carriers sideline-to-sideline with impressive straight-line speed. When you mix that approach to the game with violent hitting power and remarkable play recognition, Thomas is a blue chip recruit worthy of such early collegiate interest.
During a recent conversation with Today’s U, Thomas, a star at Langston Hughes, covered the state of his team’s season in addition to which schools he has or plans to visit during the football season.
“Our season has went well so far,” Thomas said. “We are 4-1 at this point, and we are getting better week by week. We are clicking on all three sides of the ball. We just have to remain focused and hungry.”
On a personal level, Thomas has already compiled 55 tackles, five tackles for loss and three sacks on the season, a stat line that averages out to 11 tackles per game.
“I feel like I have done okay,” Thomas said. “I still have to grind and improve daily.”
With that work ethic driving his play on the field, the Fairburn (Ga.) native is constantly working on how to build on the body of work he has established so far.
“I would describe my game as fast, aggressive, intense and passionate,” Thomas said. “I like to play with a lot of energy and just have fun while on the field.”
With a host of schools interested in a recruit of Thomas’s caliber, the sophomore four-star player who is rated as the No. 4 inside linebacker in the 2019 class has been invited to several games this season. Just last weekend Thomas took a visit to Knoxville (Tenn.) to watch the Volunteers defeat the Florida Gators for the first time in 11 seasons, a game that he recalled quite fondly.
“It was a great game,” Thomas said. “I had been there a few times before, so I’m familiar with Tennessee. The biggest thing that stood out to me were the fans. Vol nation is a great fan base. They were going crazy.”
Thomas also had his sights set on a marquee matchup slated for this weekend, but his team’s schedule got in the way of those plans.