Chris Thomas is expected to be one of the best running backs in Northeast Tennessee, and he has the tools to draw legitimate interest from the highest levels of college football.
It’s not surprising when looking at Thomas’ recruiting profile. He easily fits the Division I mold, turning in a 40-yard time of 4.5 seconds on the laser last year. For perspective, the No. 8 running back recruit in the nation is Marshawn Lloyd of Hyattsville, Maryland. He matches Thomas’ size (5-foot-9, 205 pounds), but runs a slightly slower 40 time, according to 247 sports.
Thomas has the ability to play for a Power Five Conference school, said Science Hill head coach Stacy Carter.
“He’s that fast, and he’s put together,” said Carter. “He’s legit. I’ve never had anybody like this.”
Included in the mix of Thomas’ recruiting stature is cleaning 315 pounds and squatting 500.
Carter said he was impressed with what he saw of Thomas during spring practice — which only added to his already-high opinion.
“He’s fantastic,” said Carter. “He played a little bit in the scrimmage against Knox West and really looked good. He’s the best I have ever coached.”
Western Carolina has come on strong in pursuit of Thomas, and ETSU is very much in the picture. In fact, Carter said Thomas is brightly on the radar of most FCS schools.
“Western Carolina said, ‘He’s a no-doubter. We’ll take him.’ ” said Carter. “That’s how good he is.”
In his junior season, Thomas rushed for 1,522 yards and scored 17 touchdowns. Included in those numbers was a rock-solid effort in the season-ending loss to Maryville in the second round of the Class 6A playoffs. Thomas carried 23 times for 140 yards.
According to the Twitter page for NCAA Research, Tennessee ranks 13th in the nation for percentage of high school baseball players recruited by Division I schools.
1. Georgia (6.7 percent)
2. Florida (6.4)
3. Virginia (6.4)
4. North Carolina (5.8)
5. Delaware (5.8)
6. Connecticut (5.4)
7. Louisiana (5.0)
8. California (4.8)
9. Maryland (4.8)
10. Nevada (4.7)
11. South Carolina (4.6)
12. New Jersey (4.5)
13. Tennessee (4.2)
During its recent Board of Control meeting, the TSSAA voted to change the postseason procedure for overtime in girls’ soccer.
The two five-minute sudden-victory periods have been removed. The tied teams will play two full 10-minute overtime periods. If a tie still exists after the overtime periods, the teams will move to the penalty-kick procedure as outlined in the National Federation of High Schools rule book.