Michael Thomas is OSU Bound

By Alex on October 18, 2011 at 11:19a

In a series of events we saw happening months ago, Bucknuts.com is reporting that Michael Thomas will be enrolling at Ohio State in January after his brief stay at Fork Union Military Academy (FUMA), where he attended school and played football this fall alongside fellow Buckeye commit in QB Cardale Jones.

Thomas, a 6-4/203 receiver as listed by FUMA's roster, was an Under Armour All-American out of California in the class of 2011, but decided to attend Fork Union to get his grades in order and to take more time in picking a school after his grandmother's death which occurred right before National Signing Day in February. The nephew of Keyshawn Johnson is a big pick up for the Buckeyes, who are currently young and inexperienced at the receiver position, and could possibly step in and play right away, especially since he is enrolling in January. 

Thomas originally visited Columbus back in the summer and will be back on October 29th for an official visit to see the Bucks take on Wisconsin. He is very comfortable with the program and coaching staff, as well as the players, as he currently plays with Jones and spent a week with Braxton Miller, Ryan Shazier, Steve Miller, and Doran Grant down in Orlando for the Under Armour game last December. 

Getting Thomas is a huge coup for the staff, who will look to fill anywhere from 6-8 more spots in the class of 2012, pending ruling from the NCAA and any departures from the program.



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NorCal Buckeye's picture

Do you mean class of 2012 or 2013 in that last sentence?  We could sure use a big capable guy next fall.

Alex's picture

whoops 2012....I think this is a HUGE get...he can fill the void of that big receiver that we envisioned Duron Carter to be...both are similar style players

Maestro's picture

T.Y. Williams........gone.

vacuuming sucks

TheHumbleBuckeye's picture


wait... what's this??? Good news!!!!!

I almost had a heart attack.



BuddhaBuck's picture


Don't text while driving.

BuckeyeChris's picture

My sentiments exactly, Humble!  Three cheers for good news in a gray box! 


frozen buckeye's picture

My thoughts exactly!!  How 'bout a special tinted box for good news, 11W??


Buckeye in Illini country's picture

They should make a different color box for good breaking news stories.

Perhaps a scarlet box, if we want to go the cheesy route.

Columbus to Pasadena: 35 hours.  "We're on a road trip through the desert looking for strippers and cocaine... and Rose Bowl wins!"

Kennywayne34's picture

The gray box ROCKS.......At least today.

Buckeyejason's picture

Nice..another talented Wide Reciever that we won't throw the ball to lol j/k..well kinda.


Jason Priestas's picture

Just talked to Mike and he's looking forward do his official visit on the 29th. He's visiting with Cordale Jones.

BucksfanXC's picture

Are you getting him to stop by Eat Too or would that be something we would have to report to the NCAA? NO ONE BRING CASH ENVELOPES!

“Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.”  - Woody

Jason Priestas's picture

Ha. Doubt he'll be able to stop by. I also want to point out that Mike gave the indication tha the hasn't commited quite yet, but I think that's just a formality.

gravey's picture

Well...if you do see this young man, put a blindfold on him to keep him from seeing any evidence of our current offense..it would scare any WR prospect straight out of Cbus..

Ethan's picture

Great news. Hopefully this starts a flurry of commits to help rebuild confidence among other recruits. (I'm looking at you Adolphus Washington and Dwayne Stanford)

Alex's picture

stay tuned for the notebook tomorrow for more on these two....feeling good :)

btalbert25's picture

This is great news.  Sounds like the future if really bright at the WR position.  Now, Let's get Adolphus in the fold eh?

NYC Buckeye's picture

Yep...  I was hoping we could "salvage something" out of next years class, but with Thomas, and as you mention *crosses fingers*, Washington and Dunn, coupled with the normal 2 or 3 star Buckeye recruit who will turn into a star player, this years class will far exceed what should be expected with the coaching situation and NCAA issue...

E2Brutus's picture

Do you have inside info that Buckeye Grove doesn't? Just wondering... this is what they posted yesterday:

Fork Union (Va.) Fork Union Military Academy is home to one of the nation's top prospects this fall in wide receiver Michael Thomas. The 6-foot-4, 203-pounder has narrowed his list to three schools as he is starting to take official visits.

"My top three are Oklahoma State, Ohio State and Notre Dame," he said. "They are all programs that pass the ball.

"They are also programs that are young at wide receiver."

Thomas confirmed one official is set.

"I'll be taking an official to Ohio State on the 29th."

More trips are expected to follow.

"I'm going to take officials after Ohio State elsewhere too."

Wherever Thomas decides, he plans to enroll in January.

Is there a timeframe on a selection?

"I don't know when I'm going to do it yet."

Alex's picture

As we said....reported by Bucknuts...Jason spoke to Mike as said in the comments above and he basically said it's just a formality at this point

E2Brutus's picture

Well I'm adding this to the WIN column then. We need every one we can get. Thanks for the good news guys!

Buckeye_Mafia's picture

I bet Keyshaun is really happy. He HATES tOSU....

"At critical moments throughout the season, we learned about the character of this football team.  This was a team of true character, of true resilience." -- President Barack Obama

O - H - I - O's picture

How about Fickell landing this one. Sure he was already leaning towards coming to tOSU, but he has to see some confidence in the coaching staff and Fresh. QB. He is probably banking on bollrus also being ran out of town after this year! This is great news, we needed it!

Go Bucks!

"Because I couldn't go for three"

toledobuckeyefanjim's picture

The kid didn't see the Illinois game. He may not see a ball thrown his way next year if Bollman is still around calling the plays.

William's picture

Bollman is gone no matter who the coach is next year.

buckeyedude's picture

Good news is good for a change. It's nice to see that the name "Ohio State" still carries a lot of weight with these high school  and JC kids.



beserkr29's picture

When I saw the gray box, my heart sank.  Then I read it and I fell over backwards in my chair, screaming in joy.  Love this kind of news.  Hope young Mr. Thomas puts in the work (especially academically) and makes the most of his Scarlet and Gray career.  Welcome aboard!

Menexenus's picture

Great news!  He must be really committed to OSU if he's coming aboard under the current set of circumstances.  And I say, "Good for him!"

Real fans stay for Carmen.