It's safe to David Thomas is all in with his college choice.
When the 6-foot, 175-pound South Park senior and first team All-Western New York selection rattled off the reasons he choice to sign a full-ride football scholarship to attend Wagner, his mom then interjected with other reasons why that was the right fit for the 17-year-old -- including location.
Staten Island is way closer to Buffalo than say Texas-El Paso. It's also close to companies in the Big Apple where there potentially should be internship opportunities aplenty for her son.
The Seahawks coaching staff also pursued Thomas pretty hard.
Thomas made it official when he signed on the dotted line in the library at South Park on Tuesday morning.
"It feels like a dream come true - ever since I was 7 years old," said Thomas, who helped the Sparks become the first Buffalo Public Schools football program to win a New York State Public High School Athletic Association title last fall. "Now that someone has , given me the opportunity to do it, I feel like I've accomplished everything I've wanted to. ... Now it's just about keeping it going."
A year after helping Canisius win the first state Catholic title, the speedy, hard-hitting transfer was a vital part of a history-making Sparks crew. He finished with 90 tackles, recovered five fumbles and forced four. He returned a fumble for a TD in the state semifinal win over Maine-Endwell that helped shift momentum in South Park's favor. As a receiver, Thomas caught 40 passes for 1,055 yards, 12 TDs and rushed for three scores. He will enter Wagner classified as an athlete as he selected the school over University at Buffalo, UTEP, Maine and Rhode Island.
Thomas isn't the only one in his family to earn a full ride in football. His older brother Mitch Thomas, an All-WNY first team running back in 2014 out of Canisius, just completed his first season at Edinboro in Pennsylvania. David Thomas also was a part of that state Catholic title-winning Canisius team before transferring to South Park.
He will be reunited with a former Crusaders teammate as lineman Chris Gangarossa also is heading to Wagner.