TCU football commit Dylan Thomas has had immense success this year as Paschal High School’s quarterback and offensive leader.
Thomas, a three year starter at quarterback, is experiencing a phenomenal year just two games into the season, garnering nearly 700 total offensive yards and 11 touchdowns.
Thomas said he recognized his offense’s potential last spring during an exhibition game.
“After I saw the game and saw how we were all playing, that’s when I really noticed that we were actually going to be pretty good…that was the first time I saw what we actually had,” Thomas said.
The Paschal Panthers have scored 72 points and 52 points in their first and second game respectively. The team is currently winning by an average of 28 points.
Head coach Matt Miracle said Thomas reminds him of a former player he coached, Stepfan Taylor. Taylor now plays in the NFL for the Arizona Cardinals.
Taylor attended Mansfield High School where Miracle was an assistant coach. He later attended Stanford University where he set the university record for most career rushing yards and is second for career rushing touchdowns.
“Dylan is right up there with [Taylor],” Miracle said, comparing their athleticism. “He’s one of the best.”
Thomas utilizes his athleticism in any way to help the team. Miracle said in the first game of the season, Thomas stepped in for a injury-ridden secondary to play safety.
“He can play anything, he will do anything you ask him to do and he’ll do it to the best of his ability,” Miracle said. “It’s awesome to have kids like that in your program.”
While Thomas is a talented quarterback, colleges have been mostly recruiting him at skill positions. Miracle said Ole Miss inquired about his interest to play defensive back for the Rebels but he instead opted to play receiver for TCU.
Thomas cited proximity to his family and the chance at becoming the first Paschal player to excel at TCU in years as leading factors for choosing TCU.
Despite his growing success and superior athleticism at the high school level, Thomas is remaining humble.
“I don’t want to name myself the best or anything like that,” Thomas said. “I just go out there and play and if I play better than someone else, then I just do.”
Thomas said his father serves as his motivation, pushing him to do well in class first and allowing for success to translate from there to the field.
Thomas plans to enroll at TCU next fall and make an immediate impact on the football program whether it be on the field or off.
“I’ll do anything I can to help the team, whether it’s catching here or blocking here,” Thomas said. “Anything I can do to help.”