Etiwanda High School linebacker Khaylan Thomas decided not to wait until the official signing day in February. He made an oral commitment to Arizona State, choosing the Sun Devils over 14 other schools.
The 6-foot, 217-pounder first announced his choice on Twitter Tuesday night.
“It was family oriented and I liked that. They all seemed like they were very together,” he said. “I decided that was where my heart was and where I wanted to go.”
Thomas did not make an official visit. He toured USC, UCLA, Arizona and Arizona State, all in “unofficial” capacity with his trip to Arizona State coming over the summer. He has an official trip to Tempe slated for Dec. 13.
He had an official trip to Oregon State planned but hasn’t decided whether or not he’ll take it.
“I didn’t seen the need to drag it out any longer,” Thomas said. “I knew where I wanted to go.”
Thomas is the latest local prospect headed to the Pac-12. Among the others are teammate Michael Neal (Washington), Upland’s Tyler Hilinski (Washington State), Kameron Powell (Washington State), Josh Woods (UCLA), Ayala’s Malik Psalms (Cal), Los Osos’ Caleb Repp (Utah) and Pomona’s Shawn Wilson (Oregon State).
Thomas, a first-team All-Inland Valley selection last year as a junior, has 43 total tackles, including five for a loss, with an interception and a fumble recovery for the Baseline League contending Eagles.
Even though National Signing Day for the football class of 2011 was only two weeks ago, 2012 recruiting is going at full force, with Upland wide receiver Kenny Lawler making a verbal commitment to Arizona State Monday according to Rivals.com and Scout.com.
Lawler, a 6-foot-3, 180-pound incoming senior, led the Highlanders in receiving a year ago with 42 receptions for 887 yards and nine touchdowns. He joins Osahon Irabor, a 2009 Upland graduate who started the second half of this past season at cornerback as a redshirt freshman, in Tempe.
The Fall Signing Period for sports such as basketball, volleyball, baseball, softball and water polo starts next Wednesday and lasts through November 17. A few county athletes have set up their signings already.
Ontario Christian gymnast Kaitlyn Clark will be signing a letter of intent to the University of Alabama at Precision Gymnastics in Rancho Cucamonga at 6 p.m. Alabama is one of the top programs in the nation for women’s gymnastics.
Rim of the World has also announced a signing ceremony for Nov. 16 at the school. Signing on that day will be softball player Elizabeth Caporuscio, who will be attending Arizona State. Caporuscio, a star pitcher for the Fighting Scots, verbally committed to play for the Sun Devils during her sophomore year.
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