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P Jonathan Thoma (official thread)

Discussion in 'Buckeye Alumni' started by OSUBasketballJunkie, Jan 28, 2005.

  1. osugrad21

    osugrad21 Capo Regime Staff Member

    BrutusReport





    “OSU is so deep in their winning tradition; it’s hard to turn them down.”<o></o>

    By SilverPhoenixSTA <o></o>

    <o></o>Louisville St. Thomas Aquinas punter/kicker Jonathan Thoma has gotten a lot of attention over the last few months. Last week, he was visited at school by Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel, and he also received a scholarship offer from Kent State University. Over the weekend he was down at Ohio State for his official visit, and came away very impressed. He was hosted on his visit by long snapper Drew Norman. “I had a great time on my visit. The best part was seeing the facilities and everything they have to offer. Just getting a feel of what I would be a part of was great.” He also ran into recent Ohio State verbal Donald Washington while he was in Columbus. “I met with Washington, he seems like a guy who’s really headed in the right direction.”

    Despite the pull of the hometown school, right now Ohio State holds only a slight lead over the University of Louisville. When asked what he liked best about each school, Thoma had this to say: “Louisville I would start right away, and I like the direction the coaches are leading the program in. OSU is so deep in their winning tradition; it’s hard to turn them down. I also think that the school seems like a better place for me, academically and personally.”

    Thoma says that he will probably make his decision sometime within the next few weeks. Whoever ends up with him will get an exceptional student-athlete. Thoma (6’2, 190 lbs) carries a 3.8 GPA in honors classes, and will be earning 5 varsity letters during just his senior year, participating in football, soccer, swimming, baseball, and track. This was just his first year punting, and he managed second team All-State accolades.
     
  2. Ratboy18

    Ratboy18 Freshman

    Did Kent State sign a kicker yet?
     
  3. bucknut11

    bucknut11 Defense still wins Championships

  4. starBUCKS

    starBUCKS BPCFFB League #2 League Champion 2008 & 2010

    so what's the verdict on Thoma?
     
  5. osugrad21

    osugrad21 Capo Regime Staff Member

    Rumor has it Jonathan has decide to walk-on at tOSU.

    Waiting on verification.
     
  6. BGriffBuckeye

    BGriffBuckeye Haaaang on Sloopy, Sloopy Hang on!! O.. H.. I.. O.

    Yeah, that is what was reported by a poster on BN.
     
  7. with turano out of the picture now maybe taking/looking at another kicker wasnt sucha bad idea.
     
  8. BuckTwenty

    BuckTwenty Parties with Pete Johnson's Beard

    It's official, Jonathan Thoma will walk-on to tOSU this year, per $BN.

    Tressel should keep finding these great kickers (Pretorius, Thoma, Pettrey), get them all in as walk-ons, and let them decide who will be kicker/punter on the practice field. I think these 3 will give our two on scholarship (Skeete, Trapasso) all that they can handle and more.
     
  9. smithlabs

    smithlabs Sophmore

    So what does it take to be a three star punter? Thoma only had a one star ratings on scout.com but he averaged 48 yards per punt. http://scout.scout.com/a.z?s=73&p=9&c=4&pid=36 Only Mesko had a higher average at 48.5. The next highest punter averaged 46 yards/punt. There were also a lot of kids without bios or scholarships. What gives? Perhaps some punters are going to college on a soccer scholarship but it still sounds fishy to me. Thoma seems like a good athlete and a good kid and I am very glad he is coming to Ohio State. In my Thoma research it talks about him showing interest in Louisville and spurning hometown Louisville in favor of OSU. I am pretty sure he was interested in Louisville KY instead of Louisville OH up near Canton. Do people just not care about punters?

    Smithlabs
     
  10. bucknut11

    bucknut11 Defense still wins Championships

    He's from Louisville, OH. St. Thomas Aquianis (SP) High school just down the road from Canton.

    As for the star ratings, this kid was new to football this year, so he stayed under the radar. The staff played the game right to keep it that way so that he didn't get a bunch of attention from other big-time schools. Scout never knew about him until they heard that OSU was in contact and they don't seem to rate kickers/punters high anyways. Special teams don't sell subscriptions, they just win games.

    Remember, guys like Andy Groom and Kyle Turano were both walkons, if my memory serves correctly.
     
    Last edited: Feb 17, 2005
  11. StoRMinBrutus

    StoRMinBrutus Great 2 B A Buckeyes !!!

    Good Luck !!

    Best wishes to a kid who is willing to put it all on the line to be a Buckeye!!! With a leg like he has and that desire; I for one hope he gets everything he is going for ... a great and successful career at The Ohio State University and a full ride.
     
  12. BGriffBuckeye

    BGriffBuckeye Haaaang on Sloopy, Sloopy Hang on!! O.. H.. I.. O.

    Thoma Is Proud To Be Walking On At Ohio State
    By Gary Housteau
    Date: Feb 19, 2005

    Although Jonathan Thoma wasn't offered a scholarship by Ohio State, he is excited that he'll have an opportunity to go out an earn one if or when he becomes the starting punter. This five sport star from St. Thomas Aquinas High School is more than up to the challenge.

    Everything has been happening so fast for Jonathan Thoma of Louisville St. Thomas Aquinas High School since he recently agreed to be a “preferred walk on” at Ohio State, but he couldn’t be any happier for the situation that he's ended up in.

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    “I’ve just been taking everything in stride and just letting things happen,” Thoma said. “And it’s been great.”

    Prior to this past football season, Thoma would have been thrilled with the opportunity to go Ohio State on scholarship, but the sport he thought that could have gotten him there was actually soccer.

    “I’ve always just loved all sports,” said Thoma who actually was a quarterback on his 7th and 8th grade football team. “I chose soccer for high school and I did well in that. I made the all-district team and I was the Stark County player of the year this year. I’ve been a starter here since my sophomore year.”

    Thoma will actually play and likely letter in five different sports at St. Thomas in his senior year. In addition to football and soccer, he was on the swim team for the first time and we was the top scorer on the team, and he’ll play baseball in the spring and be a member of the school’s track as well.

    “I was actually making visits as a soccer player and a lot of schools were interested in me for baseball, so I was in between soccer and baseball,” said Thoma who plays the outfield and is hitting over .400 for his career on the diamond for his school. “Ohio State is still sending me letters for baseball so I don’t think they know about the football situation. So I was already looking at Ohio State.”

    But it was his soccer prowess that actually gave him the opportunity to become the punter on the school’s football team. Aquinas head coach Tim Tyrrell, who played tight end for Jim Tressel at Youngstown State University, knows the importance of the punting game first hand and solicited the aid of Thoma in that department for this past season.

    “Our coach needed a punter this year and he asked me to come out, and it worked out pretty well,” Thoma said. “They were always trying to get me to come out, mainly as a receiver because of my height, but last season we had kind of a shaky punter and (Tyrrell) came up and invited me out.”

    And knowing what he knows now, Thoma has no regrets for how everything has turned out.

    “I’m sure that if I would come out for football earlier, I’ve been told that I would have had a lot of scholarships on the table but I’m just thankful for the situation I’m in and I’m glad that everything has happened this way,” he said. “My main obligation was to soccer this year. I had football practice right after school and then I would run over to soccer at 4:30 so I basically just stuck to kicking this year even though it would have been fun to play other positions.”

    A wise man has said on more than one occasion that the punt is the most important play in football and Terrell has obviously learned well from the wise one.

    “I think it’s the same way at Ohio State but at St. Thomas the first thing we would work on everyday is the punt for about 20 minutes at the beginning of practice and then we would go off and do offense and defense,” Thoma said. “So it was very important in our system.”

    And because of that, Thoma should fit into Ohio State’s system very well. And the sooner he’s able to win the starting job the better as far as he is thinking. Thoma knows there is a potential opening at the punting spot and he plans on putting his best leg forward.

    “I’ve never seen the others down there kick so it’s not really fair for me to say anything along those lines but I’m going to work as hard as I can this summer, I know I have the ability and I’m going to put myself in the best position that I can to compete for the job this fall,” he said. “I would love to earn that job because it’s no fun standing on the sidelines even if it is at Ohio State. I’d rather be a part of the game. So it’s definitely something that I’m going to work for. (Becoming the starter) is the big goal that I’m going to shoot for.”

    Earning a scholarship is actually the secondary goal but in a way it’s the motivation behind the motivation for Thoma.

    “The scholarship is important to me because we don’t have the most money in the world but I just want to be successful in the classroom and on the field and do my very best in both,” he said. “I’m actually honored to be preferred walk on. Ohio State has their pick of whoever they want basically and to be one of the 105 people to get this chance is great for me.

    “It’s just amazing to see all the support that I’m getting and I’m just pumped to get down there and do my best for everyone here and for myself and for my family.”

    It’s better late than never for Thoma. Signing day came and went and Ohio State didn’t offer him a scholarship but they really let him know how important he was to them.

    “Ohio State and Louisville both basically contacted me three weeks before signing day,” Thoma said. “Ohio State’s been there all along but they hadn’t shown heavy interest until about three weeks before signing day. And Kent State offered me two days before signing day. I was actually home sick on signing day and I was on the computer seeing who went where and I wasn’t too worried about not being able to sign a scholarship, I was just thankful for the opportunity I had.”

    And now the 6-2, 190-pound Thoma will continue to hone his punting skills in addition to playing baseball and competing in the long jump in track in the spring.

    “I’ve always had a lot going on that it almost burdens me not to have something going on,” he said. “When I have things going on it gives me a schedule to follow and I’m still going to have plenty of time to practice punting and things like that. I’m just trying to have as much fun as I can in high school.”

    A strong work ethic is just a natural part of his upbringing. Thoma’s mother is from Malaysia, his father is Caucasian and he was born in a country called Brunei, one of the richest countries in the world. In addition to his athletic exploits at Aquinas, Thoma carries a 3.6 GPA in the classroom.

    “My dad was working with the United State’s Sports Academy and he went over to Malaysia to coach the state track team from where my mom was from,” Thoma explained. “He went to a party one night and it was my mom’s birthday party and that’s how they met. They fell in love and six months later they were married. If he didn’t go that party that night I wouldn’t be here.”

    And becoming a Buckeye is just another great thing that has happened in his life.

    “I’ve experienced more than most kids will ever experience,” said Thoma who’s father is professor at Mount Union College. “We do all kinds of traveling with my dad’s conferences and going back to mom’s house in Malaysia, so I’ve been everywhere. And this is just a new chapter in an interesting life I guess.”

    And he intends to make the most of his opportunity at Ohio State. Tressel couldn’t have made a more favorable impression than he did on Thoma and his family.

    “My parents met him and they were impressed with how he was so honest with us,” Thoma said. “He told us exactly what the situation was and it was great. He laid it all out and said, ‘just do your best and we’ll see where you fit in.’ So I feel very fortunate. Everything has seemed to have gone right so far and hopefully it will continue on that way.”

    With his place at Ohio State now secure, he can’t wait until he’s actually on the field and booming kicks in the stadium some day. “It’s going to be unbelievable,” Thoma said. “When we walked out of the tunnel on my visit and I just looked up and I could envision how it would be. And it’s just going to be unbelievable.”
     
  13. osugrad21

    osugrad21 Capo Regime Staff Member

    Canton Rep

    7/21

    Repository East-West All-Star Game: Thoma's terrific talent

    Thursday, July 21, 2005

    By JOSH WEIR Repository sports writer


    ALLIANCE —— What a year it has been for Jonathan Thoma.

    Twelve months ago, he was a neophyte punter, just looking to help the St. Thomas Aquinas High School football team with a kicking need and have some fun during his senior year.

    He thought it was his last chance to play football, something Thoma — a soccer standout — hadn’t done since eighth grade.

    But it wasn’t long before word of Thoma’s moon-shot punts carried to Columbus and points beyond. In the meantime, he was busy earning five varsity letters in one academic year and carrying a 3.6 grade-point average.

    Now, he might be Ohio State’s opening-day punter against Miami of Ohio on Sept. 3.

    Just your typical ho-hum year for a teenager.

    “It’s crazy, definitely,” said Thoma, who will punt for the East squad in The Repository East-West All-Star Football Game on Saturday. “It just all came up at once, so I went with it.”

    Thoma is a preferred walk-on for the Buckeyes, which means he has a guaranteed spot on the 105-man training camp roster. He will report Aug. 8.

    Ohio State Coach Jim Tressel promised him a chance to win the starting job, Thoma said. The Buckeyes hold back three or four scholarships every year to give to players who emerge at camp. If he impresses, he could earn one.

    “I’m basically going in as the second punter, because they already have one (red-shirt freshman A.J. Trapasso) on scholarship,” Thoma said. “But I’m going in shooting for the No.1 spot. I’ve been told I have the best potential of anyone there. Hopefully I can reach that potential.”

    Thoma’s football potential was intriguing for anyone who saw his free kicks in soccer. When Thoma learned of Aquinas’ punting needs, he decided it was time to test his gridiron skills.

    “I was pleased, because it gave him a chance to see how strong his leg really was,” said his dad, Dr. James Thoma, a Mount Union College human performance and sport management professor. “The soccer coaches would say he was the strongest kicker we’ve had at St. Thomas, a Division I soccer leg.”

    Both Thoma and his dad credit Aquinas kicking coach Tom Futo with creating it into a Division I football leg. Futo quickly saw the raw ability Thoma possessed during workouts last summer.

    “It was his ability to physically master the techniques, and his flexibility, that really stood out,” said Futo, whose pupils include Aquinas’ Joe Bishop (Youngstown State) and John Rice (Walsh), as well as GlenOak’s Jason Giannini (Minnesota) and Manchester’s Nick Manson (Marietta College). “His leg speed was also evident.”

    Futo has worked camps with some of the top punters around, like Michigan recruit Zoltan Mesko of Twinsburg, considered the best punter in Ohio’s 2005 class.

    “He’s just as good (as Mesko),” said Futo of Thoma, “and he hasn’t had the multiple years of mastering the techniques like others have.”

    Thoma averaged 42.8 yards a punt for the Knights. Just as important was his 5.2-second hangtime.

    The Buckeyes had an in with Thoma from the start since Aquinas head football coach Tim Tyrrell played for Tressel at Youngstown State. But it didn’t take long for other schools to catch on.

    Notre Dame, Penn State, Kent State, Northwestern and Ohio State showed the strongest interest.

    All the football calls were ironic considering Thoma spent last summer waiting for calls from soccer coaches, while his dad expected baseball coaches to ring.

    The 6-foot-2, 175-pound Thoma was the Division II-III Stark County Player of the Year in soccer and was a three-year leadoff hitter for the Aquinas’ baseball team, holding the school’s single-season record for hits (42) and stolen bases (27).

    But he never got the chance to play spring soccer or summer baseball, which is where a lot of recruits are found by colleges.

    “Since he didn’t do the two things he needed to do in baseball and soccer, football just kind of fell into his lap,” said James Thoma.

    Buckeyes’ offensive coordinator Jim Bollman called regularly throughout the winter, but informed Thoma in late December that OSU would not guarantee a scholarship.

    The University of Louisville came in late in the process after the Cardinals’ punter/kick-off specialist transferred to Florida State. They offered a guaranteed starting spot but no scholarship until his sophomore year.

    In the end, the draw of Ohio State’s international business program won out, and Thoma decided to go with the Buckeyes.

    He didn’t mail in the rest of his senior year. Beside football, Thoma also participated in swimming and track for the first time. He swam sprints for the swim team and earned a track district championship in the long jump in just the third meet of his career.

    “It was hectic (year), but for me, I’d rather be on the move doing something than sitting around,” Thoma said. “It kept me busy and was a lot of fun. I couldn’t ask for a better senior year.”

    You can reach Repository writer Josh Weir at (330) 580-8426 or e-mail:
     
  14. TheStoicPaisano

    TheStoicPaisano But I didn't, so it doesn't

    Thoma is in the team picture, top row right, #48.
     
  15. TheStoicPaisano

    TheStoicPaisano But I didn't, so it doesn't

    Thoma was named the Scout Team Special Units POW for the BGSU game. You get the feeling that he'll be a player who gets his final year paid for when it is all said and done.
     

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