Owls Insider brings you closer to the 2013 signing class with our exclusive "Getting to Know" series where we profile the 2013 signees both on and off the football field..
In today's installment of the "Getting to Know" series we take a look at Katy (TX) Cinco Ranch safety Cole Thomas who brings hard work and dedication from the storied Katy area.
An up-close and personal look:
HOW OLD WERE YOU WHEN YOU STARTED PLAYING FOOTBALL?
"I started playing football when I was five years old."
WHAT'S YOUR MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT FROM YOUR HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL CAREER?
"My most memorable moment was playing in Dynamo Stadium the first game of my senior year."
DO YOU HAVE A PRE-GAME RITUAL?
"I never have really had a ritual. I just don't talk much and get focused."
AT WHAT POINT DID YOU REALIZE THAT YOU HAD THE ABILITY TO PLAY D-I FOOTBALL?
"I started to realize late my sophomore year when I started getting letters in the mail from colleges about football."
WHAT POSITION WILL YOU BE PLAYING AT RICE?
ARE YOU EXPECTING TO REDSHIRT YOUR FIRST SEASON ON-CAMPUS?
"I hear that most freshmen redshirt at Rice anyway and I'm coming in with a foot injury so I'm expecting to redshirt."
WHAT IS ONE THING THAT YOU NEED TO WORK ON IN ORDER TO PLAY AT THE NEXT
"I will need to adjust to the speed of the game because I know it will be alot faster than high school."
BESIDES FOOTBALL, WHAT ELSE ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO AT RICE?
"I'm looking forward to making a lot of great friends and learning how to be a college student.."
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE FOOD?
"I love Mexican food."
WHAT IS THE LAST ALBUM OR SONG YOU LISTENED TO?
"I love country music so The Foundation by Zac Brown Band."
WHAT PERSON, DEAD OR ALIVE, WOULD YOU LIKE TO SIT DOWN AND HAVE DINNER
"I would want to have dinner with Tom Landry because I am a Cowboys fan and he is a legendary coach."
DO YOU HAVE A NICKNAME?
"A lot of my friends at home call me T."
WHAT IS YOUR MOST EMBARRASSING MOMENT?
"I walked into the girls bathroom on accident as a freshman in high school and there were 3 girls standing there. That was pretty embarrassing."
WHAT DO YOU PLAN ON MAJORING IN AT RICE?
WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE MOVIE?
WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE FEMALE CELEBRITY?
"Probably have to be Kate Upton."
A look at the recruiting process:
WHAT ONE THING WAS THE DETERMINING FACTOR IN YOUR DECISION?
"The great education and it was close to home."
IS THERE A RICE COACH THAT YOU FEEL ESPECIALLY CLOSE TO?
"I am close with coach Edmondson because he recruited me and coach Hoefer because he is my position coach."
WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE MOMENT DURING THE RECRUITING PROCESS?
"I really enjoyed my official visit to Rice."
DID YOU GET TO KNOW ANY CURRENT PLAYERS OR OTHER INCOMING FRESHMAN DURING THE PROCESS?
"Yes I have gotten to know a few of the incoming freshman over the recruiting process which was fun. I also know a few of the current players already that went to Cinco Ranch."
WHAT SCHOOL WOULD YOU HAVE CHOSEN IF YOU HADN'T SIGNED WITH THE OWLS?
"I probably would have tried to walk-on at Texas A&M."
The future and goals:
WHAT NUMBER WOULD YOU LIKE TO WEAR AT RICE?
WHAT IS YOUR PERSONAL GOAL FOR THIS SEASON?
"I want to be able to learn the defense and contribute to the team."
WOULD YOU LIKE TO SAY ANYTHING TO THE RICE FANS?
"I don't have anything else to say other than GO OWLS!!!"
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