Ashburn, VA (Mar. 16, 2016) – Briar Woods senior Josh Thomas signed his National Letter of Intent to play football at Fairmont State University beginning the 2016/2017 academic school year.
“It felt great to commit to FSU, said Thomas. Just knowing where I am going to play at the next level was a big relief.”
Fairmont State University, a public university located on a 120-acre main campus in Fairmont, WV, is part of the state’s growing high technology corridor. Founded in 1865 as the state’s first private normal school in West Virginia, FSU celebrated its Sesquicentennial in 2015. Enrollment of the university is about 4,500; and offers master’s degrees in business, education, teaching, architecture, and criminal justice, in addition to 90 baccalaureate programs.
“My recruiting experience was slow at first, then I began receiving more and more interest from recruiters after going to several camps over the summer, Thomas shared. I ended up with four offers, but was most impressed with the FSU coaching staff and philosophy. I really liked the offense because they throw the ball a lot. The players were very welcoming and made me feel like I belonged there. In addition to a competitive football program in a competitive conference, Fairmont offered what I was looking for in terms of student body and classroom size.”
Thomas’ head football coach will be Jason Woodman. Woodman begins his third season as coach at Fairmont State. In his first two seasons on the FSU sideline, Woodman has produced seven All-MEC performers and an All-Atlantic region honoree. The FSU offense averaged 356.7 yards per game in total offense in 2014, including 253.3 yards per game through the air and a .585 completion percentage as a team.
“My first year, I am expecting to play and help my team succeed in any way I can,” said Thomas.
The 2015 All Conference 14 First Team Kick and Punter Returner, All-Loudoun Team Kick Returner, and 2014 and 2015 Briar Woods Special Teams Player of the Year, has played organized football for nine years. When asked about one of his most fond football memories during that time, Thomas shared, “In my junior year before the game against our rival Broad Run, my Dad told me that he had a feeling that I was going to have a big game and to get ready to be interviewed. That night I scored the winning touchdown late in the fourth quarter! When it was over, reporters with TV cameras wanted to interview me and students wanted to take pictures with me. That was pretty cool!”
“I am thankful to God. I am also thankful for Coach Charlie Pierce for his leadership and motivation, and my freshman football coach, Mike Groves for looking past my size at the time and recognizing my skills. And I am especially thankful to my parents for all the time, effort and support in getting me to this point. I would also like to thank Adam Wooten (Pure Speed), Cliff Russell (Ripped Performance), Phenom Strength and Conditioning, Perfect Performance, and Loudoun Legacy Track and Field for all of the training.”
Asked what advice he would give other pursing their dreams, Thomas shared, “No matter your size or others’ lack of confidence in you, don’t let anyone stand in the way of your dreams. If you want it, go get it!”
Please join us in wishing Josh Thomas the very best in his success on the gridiron and in pursuit of a degree in National Security and Intelligence at Fairmont State University.