NORMAN — The next week will be chaotic for Cody Thomas.
Oklahoma's 2013 quarterback signee graduates Thursday from Colleyville Heritage High School and is moving two days later to Norman, where he'll begin summer training with his new teammates.
And at some point over those three days, an MLB franchise will draft Thomas, then ask him to drop everything, sign a contract and begin his professional baseball career.
“It's gonna be a crazy few days,” Thomas said in a telephone interview.
Thomas verbally pledged to Oklahoma a little more than a year ago and never hedged from that commitment. But questions about whether the highly touted baseball prospect would actually wear crimson and cream have persisted ever since.
He threw for 3,407 yards, 38 touchdowns and only five interceptions last fall, and just wrapped up a stellar senior baseball season. Thomas batted .482 with 15 home runs and 51 RBIs this spring.
Throughout his commitment to Oklahoma, Thomas has politely deflected questions about the baseball draft, mostly saying only that the decision would come in due time and that he looked forward to playing football at Oklahoma.
But as the draft — and that difficult decision — approaches, Thomas spoke a little more openly about the process.
He said his father, Pete, is handling much of his baseball-related business right now. The family can't hire an agent until a professional contract is signed, but can work with an “adviser” throughout the draft and subsequent contract negotiations.
Cody Thomas said he hasn't selected an adviser yet, and still hasn't received much of an idea of where he'll be drafted. He expects to hear more throughout this week as the draft approaches.
BaseballAmerica.com ranks Thomas, an outfielder, as the draft's 165th-best available prospect.
After he's drafted, Thomas will have until July 12 to sign. He said he'll work out in Norman with the OU football team throughout the process.
“I'm gonna try to not let it be stressful, but I can't say I won't be feeling any pressure from anyone,” Thomas said. “I'm gonna try to keep level headed. It's my decision ultimately.”
Thomas said he's tentatively got a potential draft slot or amount of money in mind that would probably sway him to sign, but declined to reveal it.
“That's a more personal deal,” he said.
Should he stick with Oklahoma, Thomas will play on both the Sooners' football and baseball teams. He wouldn't be eligible again for the MLB Draft until after his junior season.
OU baseball coach Sunny Golloway said in February that he doesn't expect Thomas to sign a professional contract, and said he'll make an immediate impact for his squad next spring.
“He's a guy that'll come and play,” Golloway said then. “He's not a guy that's gonna redshirt in baseball.”
In football, Thomas' chances of contributing right away are slimmer. Junior Blake Bell, sophomore Kendal Thompson and redshirt freshman Trevor Knight competed for OU's vacant quarterback job throughout the spring.
Still, Thomas said he plans to approach football practices as if he's the starter.
“Day one, I'll prepare like I'm gonna be the starting quarterback,” Thomas said. “That's how you have to treat it. If you don't, you won't ever reach it. So when I come in, that's how I'll act.”