NC State gets QB transfer, UNC snags top recruit
Posted January 26, 2012
The future quarterback situations at North Carolina State and the University of North Carolina became a little clearer Thursday.
NC State will be solidified at the position for the next three seasons with the addition of transfer Pete Thomas from Colorado State. Meanwhile, UNC was able to steal the state’s top quarterback recruit form the Wolfpack in a change of heart that surprised many.
Thomas confirmed to the Ft. Collins Coloradoan Wednesday that he would be leaving CSU amidst a coaching change, telling the paper he would be attending NC State to finish his playing eligibility.
The announcement of Thomas’ transfer came a day before Page High School’s James Summers withdrew his commitment to NC State and instead committed to the Tar Heels. Summers is the top in-state and No. 32 overall ranked quarterback prospect in the country according to Scout.com.
Thomas will sit out this upcoming season due to NCAA transfer rules and will then have two years of eligibility after that. He will enroll in classes this summer and be able to participate in spring practice. Current NC State quarterback Mike Glennon will play out his final season during Thomas’ hiatus.
Thomas was a four-star recruit out of high school in El Cajon, Calif. and started as a true freshman at CSU. He played in 21 games for the Rams before injuring his knee late last season. As a freshman, Thomas threw for 2,662 yards and 11TDs while completing better than 62 percent of his passes.
The 6-foot-5, 225 pound quarterback had an offer from NC State coming out of high school but opted to go to CSU and play for coach Steve Fairchild. Fairchild was fired after a third consecutive 3-9 season in Ft. Collins and CSU hired former Alabama coordinator Jim McElwain to take over. Thomas also considered Vanderbilt and UCLA as transfer destinations.