by Andy Hilton, recruit757
In a dramatic turn of events, Western Branch quarterback C.J. Thomas has flipped his commitment from Christopher Newport to Hampton University. There are no scholarships and no National Letter of Intent to play at the Division III level, so Thomas was free to change his mind.
With this commitment, Hampton University picks up their first local commitment for the 2013 recruiting class.
Thomas was 46 for 92 passing in his senior season, with 14 touchdowns, three interceptions and 810 yards passing. C.J. was recruited as an athlete. They could put him in any number of positions, and according to C.J., that’s exactly what the Pirates plan to do.
“They want me to try quarterback, wide receiver, and safety, I have a strong chance of playing this year,” said Thomas.
The opportunty to play at HU came late. The Pirates didn’t use all of their scholarships when the bulk of their signing class came on board on February 6. They held back a few scholarships and invited Thomas to the campus in early March. He visited then, and went back for a second time last night.
“I enjoyed my first visit because i got a good feel of the environment,” the quarterback said. “On my second visit, I toured the school with my dad and i enjoyed every bit of it. I feel like Hampton is the place for me because they have my major and they have a new coaching staff. They are great people to be around because they are straight forward. Also, my grandfather attended Hampton, so I feel as if im carrying on a legacy by going there!”
Thomas wasn’t going far away to go to college when he was committed to CNU. Now at Hampton, his family can still see him play college ball, plus he’ll do it on a Division I level. The Pirates coaching staff is still scouring the region for one or two more commitments, so it’s possible we’ll hear more from HU before the signing class is put to bed.
– Andy Hilton