Peyton Manning's MasterCard commercials notwithstanding, grocery store employees typically make it through work days without customers' fawning.
Cody Thomas, though, isn't your average cashier, which is why he recently found himself standing behind his register, posed in his throwing motion and gripping a watermelon like a football for a star-struck customer's photograph.
“It was funny,” the Colleyville (Texas) Heritage quarterback remembered with a laugh.
While the two-sport star — who will sign Wednesday to play football at Oklahoma — balances football workouts and the start of his senior baseball season, Thomas will also continue bagging groceries, running the cash register and stocking shelves at the local Tom Thumb store.
Thomas stunned OU co-offensive coordinator Josh Heupel during a recent in-home visit with the revelation that he's worked part-time jobs throughout high school. Soon, the four-star football prospect will have to decide if he's ready to make baseball his full-time job.
Thomas (6-foot-5, 220 pounds) is expected to be a high pick in next summer's Major League Baseball Draft, making it possible that Oklahoma's recruiting class of 2013 could ultimately be left without a quarterback.
“That'll be further down the road,” Thomas said. “Right now, I'm worried about getting to OU, playing football and baseball and enjoying that.”
But he's also balancing a job, which is unusual for such a highly regarded quarterback prospect — especially one who stands out in a second sport, too.
Heupel told Thomas that he's never had an incoming quarterback who worked during his senior year of high school.