As National Signing Day looms, Cameron-James Thomas would like to enlighten college scouts and recruiters of several things with regards to his solid work ethic.
“I am a dependable player,” Thomas told MemphiSport earlier this week. “I am coachable. I am a team player. I am a consistent player. I am a responsible player. I am a work horse.”
It is, by all accounts, because of those key attributes that Thomas, who starred as an offensive lineman for White Station High the past two seasons, believes he could have an immediate impact for whichever college grants him the golden opportunity to put his skills on this display this fall.
Having contributed masterfully to Spartan head coach Joe Rocconi’s squad since being installed as a starter his junior season, the 6-foot, 330-pound Thomas contends his prep resume is such that he’s worthy of playing in the collegiate ranks.
Clinging to confidence and optimism with National Signing Day a little more than a week away, the 18-year-old Thomas knows full well that all it takes is one college to say “yes” to his athletic future.
“I am a leader….I lead by the word of God,” Thomas explained. “I am a fighter. No matter how ugly the situation may get, I will fight to the end. College football is a dream for me because it will allow me to play a sport that I have loved since I was eight years old, all while furthering my education.”
Although Signing Day is just days away and Thomas has yet to garner any official offers, he believes anything can possibly happen, considering he has amassed an array of interest from a number of colleges, particularly after what had amounted to a stellar junior campaign for the Spartans.
According to Thomas’ mother, Kimberly Jackson-Thomas, her son has received letters from from a host of schools, most notably Cumberland University, Victor Valley Junior College, Mendocino Junior College, Bluefield College, and Kentucky Christian University, among others.
Like her son, Kimberly Jackson-Thomas and her husband, James “Bo” Thomas, insist all hope isn’t lost with regards to her son inking his name on a National Letter of Intent.
“Cameron is our first born and only son,” Thomas said. “We have always encouraged him and his sister to follow their dreams and be the best at whatever they do in life. Just being able to support our son, watch him develop over the years in a sport that he loves, and gives 110 percent every time he hits the field, makes his dad and I very proud.”
By and large, it is because of Thomas immense work and overall body of work as a rugged offensive lineman that he and his family haven’t ruled out hope that one — or perhaps — several colleges — could come calling with an official offer any day now.
“The sky is the limit for Cam because he not only believes in himself, but he knows and believes that all things are possible through our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ,” Thomas said.
Spoken like a football mom who, like her son, is clinging to an array of optimism.
Andre Johnson is a senior writer for MemphiSport. Based in Dallas, Texas, Johnson also covers the NBA Southwest Division. To reach Johnson, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.