The first commitment that the Cougars picked up in the 2013 recruiting class came from their first junior day as Evangel standout Josh Thomas's relationship with former Evangel coach, and newly named Cougars assistant, Brandon Middleton paid off..
In today's installment of the "Getting to Know" series we take a look at Thomas, who is just the latest ina recent stretch of very large offensive linemen.
An up-close and personal look:
WHAT'S YOUR MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT FROM YOUR HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL CAREER?
"Playing for three state titles but only winning two of them."
DO YOU HAVE A PRE-GAME RITUAL?
"I turn my phone off three hours before the game, I walk around the field before warm ups to feel the surface and I pray for 5 mins and listen to music to get hyped up."
AT WHAT POINT DID YOU REALIZE THAT YOU HAD THE ABILITY TO PLAY D-I FOOTBALL?
"My sophomore year when I was starting and beating top level guys that were All-Americans."
WHAT POSITION WILL YOU BE PLAYING AT HOUSTON?
ARE YOU EXPECTING TO REDSHIRT YOUR FIRST SEASON ON-CAMPUS?
"No, but if I have to develop then I will without question."
WHAT IS ONE THING THAT YOU NEED TO WORK ON IN ORDER TO PLAY AT THE NEXT
BESIDES FOOTBALL, WHAT ELSE ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO AT HOUSTON?
The city and school and meeting new people."
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE FOOD?
"Chicken and shrimp alfredo"
WHAT IS THE LAST ALBUM YOU LISTENED TO?
Big Krit's King Remembered In Time and Tyga's Hotel California."
WHAT PERSON, DEAD OR ALIVE, WOULD YOU LIKE TO SIT DOWN AND HAVE DINNER
DO YOU HAVE A NICKNAME?
"Big Josh, Blindside and Big Juice."
WHAT DO YOU PLAN ON MAJORING IN AT HOUSTON?
WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE MOVIE?
"Finding Nemo and Cars."
WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE FEMALE CELEBRITY?
"Taraji P. Henson"
A look at the recruiting process:
WHAT ONE THING WAS THE DETERMINING FACTOR IN YOUR DECISION?
IS THERE A HOUSTON COACH THAT YOU FEEL ESPECIALLY CLOSE TO?
"Coach Middleton because he was one of my coaches at Evangel my sophomore and junior seasons and he is like a big brother to me."
WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE MOMENT DURING THE RECRUITING PROCESS?
DID YOU GET TO KNOW ANY CURRENT PLAYERS OR OTHER INCOMING FRESHMAN DURING THE PROCESS?
"Joey Mbu and Daniel Spencer"
WHAT SCHOOL WOULD YOU HAVE CHOSEN IF YOU HADN'T SIGNED WITH THE COUGARS?
"San Diego State."
The future and goals:
WHAT NUMBER WOULD YOU LIKE TO WEAR AT HOUSTON?
WHAT IS YOUR PERSONAL GOAL FOR THIS SEASON?
"To start and become an All-American."
WOULD YOU LIKE TO SAY ANYTHING TO THE HOUSTON FANS?
"I'm ready to protect the quarterback and lead this school to victory. #GoCoogs"
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