On Thomas: Record-setting running back in Ohio, who also played safety in high school ... Will be used in the secondary at UMass ... Recruited by many Division I-A schools ... Will make an impact as a true freshman, possibly playing in some substitution packages ... Has great potential which excites Coach Brown ... Very speedy.
Before UMass: Prepped one season at Fork Union Military Academy in Virginia ... Honored with the Sullivan Award for outstanding character and athleticism ... As a tailback, gained 1127 yards on 191 carries, scoring nine touchdowns ... Graduated from Bishop Hartley High School in Columbus, Ohio ... Three-time team MVP ... Honored as Second-Team All-Ohio player and All-Central League ... Part of the Ohio Super 25 ... Member of the Columbus Dispatch and Agonis Club of Columbus All-Star Teams ... As a senior, piled up 1350 yards on 188 carries and scored 17 touchdowns ... Also had 24 catches for 366 yards and three receiving scores ... Returned 13 kickoffs for 375 yards and one TD and returned seven punts for 222 yards and two TDs ... Was a track and field performer as well in the 200, 400, 4X100, 4X200, long jump and shot put ... Was fourth in the state in the long jump as a sophomore ... Also competed in the track & field Junior Olympics.
Personal: Michael David Thomas ... Born Jan. 30, 1987 in Columbus, Ohio ... Son of Joyce Thomas and the late Melvin Thomas ... Brother of Melvin Jr., Melissa and Myia.
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