Chad Thomas is one kid with a lot of options in front of him.
Thomas is a senior at Miami’s Booker T. Washington High School, where he lead the school to back-to-back state titles and a national title, too. But his skills don’t begin or end at the end zone. They extend to the band room, where Thomas plays nine instruments. That’s right, nine: piano, acoustic guitar, bass guitar, euphonia (a small tuba), snare, tuba, trumpet, and drums.
“‘I thought he was full of it when he told me he played all these instruments and was a musician,’ Booker T. Washington coach Tim “Ice” Harris said.
‘Then he started playing them in front of me, showing me his beats, breaking it down. I was impressed.’
“Thomas…said he fell in love with music at the age of 3 while listening to his late grandmother’s gospel CDs. Thomas said that as a toddler his grandmother bought him a toy guitar, and signed him up for piano lessons. By the time he was 5, Thomas said he was performing songs such as I’ll Take You There by the Staple Sisters on the piano and playing various instruments from the tuba and trumpet to the drums and bass.” [Miami Herald]
Rivals has Thomas in their top 25 and number two at his position (defensive end). The teen’s already committed to the University of Miami for the fall and will be playing football while attending its Frost School of Music, where he intends to study music technology.
Thomas knows athletics can be short lived. “It’s always been in my mind to go to school there. Football is not for long,” he explained. “I can go down with a knee injury tomorrow, but I know I’ll always be able to move my fingers and play an instrument, click a mouse.”
Smart kid. Very smart.