April 6, 2012

Flashes offer local receiver

The Kent State coaching staff has made a concentrated effort to recruit Northeast Ohio strong. The Flashes recently offered local product Trei Thomas a 5-foot-10, 160-pound wide receiver out of Kent (Ohio) Roosevelt high school. The offer was Thomas' second of the process and he was excited to receive each of them.

"I have Kent State and Akron," said Thomas. "The Akron offer came first. My coach came to my classroom and told me that Akron would like to offer me. Kent State called my coach and wanted to setup a meeting so I went to (the Kent State coaches offices) and we sat in their office and talked about what I was looking for in colleges and then they offered me."

Though not the biggest receiver out there, Thomas makes up for his lack of height with outstanding speed and quickness.

"I was thinking I probably wasn't going to get any (offers) because of my size," Thomas said. "Once I got the Akron and Kent State offers, I started to think that maybe people see the same things in me that I see in myself. It feels pretty good that people think of me like that."

Other than Akron and Kent State, Thomas says he hasn't heard from many other programs, though he did recently make an unofficial visit to one BCS conference school.

"I went to Pittsburgh with Tra'von Chapman and they said that they were going to look at my highlight film and get back to me," he said. "(Pittsburgh) was amazing, I really liked it. The campus was really nice, the facility was really amazing. They share the facility with the Pittsburgh Steelers so that was cool to see that. The coaching staff was really nice and I liked them a lot, I had a lot of fun."

Thomas and Chapman combined to put up some big numbers this past fall and Thomas hopes to continue that next season and possibly even further into the future.

"It's really easy playing with him," he said. "He's been teaching me new stuff like every day so I'm glad that I get to play with him and that I'll get to play with him next year. Hopefully we get to play in college together. He's like a brother to me and he teaches me a lot and keeps me focused and on the right track."

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