IRVING, Texas — In February, Colleyville (Texas) Heritage quarterback Cody Thomas plans on signing with Oklahoma.
He picked the Sooners over a group of offers that included Alabama, Florida, LSU, Notre Dame and USC.
There will come a time though, months after signing day, when Thomas will have an even bigger decision to make.
Thomas, the outfielder, is expected to be a high pick in next summer's Major League Baseball Draft.
For now, though, Thomas is just enjoying the ride.
“Either way, I'll be happy,” Thomas said earlier this month after his team beat Irving MacArthur 56-47. “I love them equally as much. I just can't decide which one right now. That's for later down the road.”
The Sooners have been down this road before, with Broken Arrow's Archie Bradley.
Bradley officially signed with the Sooners to play baseball, but intended to play football as well.
But Bradley wound up being drafted No. 7 overall by Arizona and never made it to Norman, choosing instead to pursue a baseball career.
There's plenty of reasons why Thomas is worth any risk, though.
The Sooners have quarterbacks Blake Bell, Drew Allen, Kendal Thompson and Trevor Knight already on the roster beyond this season.
Against Irving MacArthur, Thomas showed several more reasons why he's worth the risk, flashing his arm strength while also showing an unflappable demeanor.
After throwing a pair of interceptions early which helped get his team into a 20-0 hole, Thomas and Heritage dug out to win the game, with Thomas throwing for 541 yards and seven touchdowns.
“He never gets really high and he never gets really low,” Thomas' father, Pete, said. “He's always maintained a level head about it.
“He's that way in all sports.”
When Heritage junior wide receiver Kaelin Deboskie arrived in Colleyville after moving from Chandler, Ariz., Thomas quickly became one of his good friends.
“He can do whatever he wants to,” Deboskie said. “he's beyond anyone I've ever played with as a quarterback.”
Cody's relationship with Josh Heupel was a big factor in his decision, Pete said.
“We've sat in on the quarterback meetings with those guys,” Pete said. “Coach Heupel is a teacher. That's the type of coaching Cody responds to.”
Heritage coach Mike Fuller thought Thomas had a chance to be something special when he first watched him play as an eighth grader.
By the time Thomas was a freshman, Fuller was convinced he had a big-time player on his hands.
“Just the way he ran things as a freshman, the way he carried himself, you could just tell,” Fuller said.