Thomas signs two-sport scholarship with SAGU

Former Franklin Senior High School athlete Devon Thomas parlayed a three-sport high school career into a two-sport scholarship to attend Southwestern Assemblies of God University in Waxahachie, Texas.

Thomas, who donned the garnet-and-gold of the FSHS Hornets in football, basketball and baseball, signed a scholarship to play football and baseball at SAGU.

While signing his dual sport scholarship on Saturday at the FSHS Library, Thomas stated his love for both sports made it an easy decision to sign the athletic scholarship.

“I love being able to sign, because I love both sports,” Thomas replied, while signing before his parents, Lilly and Tony Thomas, along with FSHS Head Baseball Coach Allen Randle and FSHS Athletic Director/Head Football Coach J. Ina.

Thomas will take his outstanding talents to SAGU, a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.

Thomas started in the wideout postion with the Hornets football team during the 2010 campaign before also starting on the FSHS basketball team while also starring on the Hornets’ baseball team.

Thomas’ fondest memories of a standout season came in his final games of the season against rival West St. Mary in both football and baseball.

“In football, my most vivid memory was the last game when we were playing West St. Mary because I felt like I played my hardest because it was my last game and the same feeling came over me in playing baseball.”

Thomas, a four-year starter on the Hornets baseball team, earned 2010 First Team All-District 6-3A honors in baseball. Thomas also garnered a Second

Team All-District honor in 2008 while earning the Best of The Teche accolade during the 2009 baseball season.

Thomas reminisced to his days of growing up and throwing the baseball in the backyard when it comes to the player he patterns his play after.

“My model athlete in baseball is my daddy,” he said. “My dad played in the minor leagues for the Mets and when I think about it he got me started as we practiced everyday throwing and pitching and I’m happy to say he’s my model athlete.”

Head Baseball Coach Rev. Allen Ray Randle points to the fact that Thomas’ best years are still ahead of him. “Devon is a very good athlete and I think he has not achieved to his maxium ability because he has so much more of the game in him which has not come out,” Randle stated. “Coach Ina and I were talking earlier and we thought of him as a late bloomer who will be able to basically refine the games of both baseball and football with the best yet to come. He offers a lot to the mound, to any position and he is an exceptional hitter who loves the game and likes to win.”

Randle praised the efforts of Thomas and the other senior members of the baseball team for pulling the program through during his return to the friendly confines of FSHS Baseball Field.

“I just got on board this past season and I remember when we first started it was slim pickings because most of the basketball players were still in season. But I had assurance and confidence knowing that when basketball season ended I had players the likes of Devon Thomas who would pull the load and bring us through the season and had it not been for Devon and the other seniors we would not have done as well as we did so I can say the bright spot of my first year back at FSHS was having an athlete like Devon Thomas to bring us through on the mound and on the diamond and especially with the bat.”

According to Coach Ina, Thomas’ signing as a dual-sport scholarship player is an awesome accomplishment.

“I think his signing as dual athlete is awesome,” he said. “I think he’s probably one of the best athletes I’ve seen all around here at Franklin High School in a long time. He not only plays but he’s affective who plays at a high level in all sports.

Ina was equally impressed with Thomas athletic prowess as a three-sport standout at FSHS.

“In football, this was one of the first years when he didn’t have the injury bug to get him and I think he was very, very affective and I wish I could have had him longer. In basketball, he was a man among boys being undersize for the position that he played and in baseball he could play in position on the field making him one of the most talented athletes at the school and in the area in all sports.

Ina echoed the thoughts of Randle in expressing the fact that the late- blooming Thomas has his best years ahead of him.

“He’s still very young with still time to mature physically becoming a very effective football and baseball player,” Ina replied. “SAGU is getting a late-bloomer, a diamond in the rough who will come with a certain skill level and once he starts to mature and he gets to 19, 20 and 21 years of age, the sky will be the limit.

Thomas departed Franklin on Saturday for SAGU to begin his two-sport career in Waxahachie, Texas.

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