“I just feel like I'm not different than any other kid just because I play sports,” Thomas said. “That doesn't make me not able to do something like that.”
Yes, Thomas took a pretty atypical path to athletic prominence; no expensive private lessons and minimal one-on-one instruction that generally comes standard with a high-school athlete of Thomas' stature.
“I wouldn't have it any other way,” Thomas said. “You can go out and pay all the money you want for all those private instructions, but at the end of the day, it comes down to ability, determination and hard work. That's what my dad instilled in me.”
Thomas chose Oklahoma last May over offers from Alabama, Florida, LSU, Notre Dame and USC. One major factor in his decision, he said, was the Sooner coaches' willingness to let him play college baseball, too.
Even after committing, he still received letters and phone calls from other schools; Thomas' dad, Pete, said once his son makes a decision, it's made.
Pete Thomas told coaches early in the recruiting process that Cody wasn't the type of kid to line up baseball caps at an announcement ceremony.
That laid-back mentality is why Cody Thomas said he's ready to get the signing over with.
“I'm a simple guy,” he said. “I don't really care about the flashiness or everything. When I know what's right, I'll do it, make my decision and move on.”
Thomas is still months away from the MLB Draft, after which he'll have another huge life decision to make.
Until then, Thomas plans to stay content as an amateur athlete and professional grocer.