Caleb Thomas of Righetti High now has two scholarship opportunities for football – and his latest offer came from a university just 38 minutes north of RHS.
Cal Poly extended the offer to the reigning PAC 5 League Most Valuable Player on Saturday. The defensive lineman and tight end Thomas – who just one month ago was rewarded his first offer from San Jose State – tells The Times that this offer brings an incredible feeling for him.
“Being recognized by our local university is an honor,” said Thomas, who adds that he’s had conversations with Mustang safeties coach Randy Stewart before the coaching staff rewarded Thomas with an offer. Stewart, who has 34 years of coaching experience and had previous stops at California Berkeley and Fresno State, is the designated recruiter for the 805 region according to the Cal Poly athletics website.
Thomas emerged as a run stopping, pass rushing force of nature for an improved Warriors team that went from 1-9 in 2016 to 5-6 and the CIF Southern Section Division 8 playoffs last season. The 6-foot-4, 260-pounder added an additional receiving/blocking element to RHS’s Shotgun Wing-T offense as a tight end. Thomas proved to be equally hard to game plan for on offense along with showing his defensive prowess.
Thomas says the Mustangs are primarily courting him to play defense. He likes the fact that Cal Poly continues to take a keen glance at the talent in the Santa Maria Valley – as past prep stars who went on to CP include Fenton Will and C.J. Cole of St. Joseph.
“It does influence me a little because it reminds me that they will give me the chance to shine,” Thomas said.
Along with the aforementioned former Knights, the Mustangs have 12 players on the current 2018 roster who hail from the 805 region.
Thomas said he’s already participated in two football camps at the university and plans to attend a third this upcoming summer.