Football season is here and Kansas State commit Curtis Thomas is playing on both sides of the ball and hitting the weight room and the track. Houston Aldine safety/running back Curtis Thomas is turning heads with his play on the gridiron this season and although committed to K-State, that has not stopped schools from continuing to pursue the Lonestar talent.
"There are a bunch of schools that keep writing and trying to get in touch with me.... Nebraska, Purdue, Houston, Tulane- those are probably the main ones. They write me and all but I just tell them I am going to Kansas State."
Asked if he would look anywhere else or had plans to trip anywhere else, Thomas was quick to respond.
"Nah, I am going to Kansas State. I gave them my word, I told them that I am coming there," said the star Aldine player.
With numerous offers already on the table, Thomas says he picked K-State because he felt at home with the staff and that the "vibe" was there.
"The chemistry with the coaches, that is really what made me want to go there. Coach Jones and Morris and Coach Prince, how they talk to you and treat you and let you know everything that you need to. I talk to them a lot and keep in touch with them. They give me calls after the games and just the staff there, it felt comfortable for me. The Fans too, those guys are really into everything there and great into the game. They get out there and get into the games and the fans there and the support for the program – just everything about the chemistry with the coaches and how the fans support the program was there for me," Curtis told KStateFans.
Curtis weighs in at 190 pounds and 6-foot-1 with 4.49 speed – something he coaches think is the perfect balance to play on both sides of the ball and keep him on the field.
"Last Friday I had 11 tackles and half a sack and I had 50 yards on 10 carries. This Friday we are playing Klein and that will be the last game before we head into district play."
Although he plays both sides of the ball for Aldine, Curtis will get his start at safety for the Cats and the experience of Coach Morris and the style of play that he brings with him seems custom tailored for this ball hawking safety.
"Coach Morris' defense is aggressive and it is the kind I just can see myself playing it. From the safety spot it let's you stay on top of the roof and then take it to people and make plays over the top and then on running downs I can come up the line and stuff it up. My best forty time is a 4.46 I think and I just want to get down there and work hard in that defense and try and do what I can to help them out anyway that I can. I want to battle for a spot when I get there and get in that defense," said Thomas.
Already qualified with a 17 on his ACT, Curtis says he spends the majority of his time working out and running on the track with his girlfriend.
"My girlfriend is really fast. She runs track and runs the hurdles and I just try to go out there and run the hurdles with her and keep up. I have been working on my speed and trying to get faster overall, not just straight ahead. I run the hurdles with her and then I work out on the track running for speed. I spend a lot of time in the weight room too. If I have some free time I am hitting the weights hard and trying to get stronger. That is really what I work on is just my speed and trying to get faster out there."
Heading into district play, Curtis says that Houston Eisenhower is coming up and that is a game he is looking forward too. Many will note that Otis Johnson came from Ike.
"Ike is always tough you know, just like you were saying they got some players out there like Otis last year. They always have a team. We got them last year you know so time will tell but I am looking forward to getting them again this year."
Curtis looks to major either in Business or Physical Education when he gets to campus and will take his official visit to K-State sometime after the season.