Thomas will be joined by Northwestern defensive back Artie Burns, who will also be selected at a ceremony at his school Friday morning.
“A lot of great players came to this event and showed off what they can do,” Thomas said. “I can’t wait to compete and have fun in this.”
Thomas has 53 tackles, seven sacks and two interceptions so far this season for the Tornadoes (9-1), who play North Broward Prep in a Region 4-4A semifinal Friday night at Curtis Park. Booker T. Washington lost in the state final in Orlando last season against Jacksonville Bolles.
Thomas, who still mentions FSU, Miami and Alabama among his favorites, said he is focusing on the pursuit of a state championship.
“We’re real confident going into the playoffs,” Thomas said. “When the time comes, we’ll be ready.”
ANDRE C. FERNANDEZ
Mater Academy had three of its top baseball standouts sign with Division I colleges. Outfielder Willie Abreu signed with the University of Miami, third baseman J.C. Escarra signed with FIU and catcher Kevin Abraham signed with Florida Atlantic.
The Hurricanes also signed Westminster Christian shortstop John Ruiz, a first team All-Dade selection.
Coral Reef had two of its boys’ basketball standouts sign. Cedric Hankerson signed with Boston University. B.J. Glassford signed with Stetson University.
Krop tennis star Cassie Pough signed with Louisville, giving the Lightning 10 consecutive seasons with at least one Division I signee in the sport.
Pough is rated ninth in Florida and 53rd in the nation among girls 18-under and has led Krop to a pair of state titles.
Goleman softball star second baseman/center fielder Melissa Costero signed with Warner University. Costero is on track to graduate in the top five percent of her class.
• Florida Christian 3, Pace 2: Jessica Barcelo, Ashley Morales, and Natalia Baxieras had one goal each. FC 2-2-1.
• Hialeah-Miami Lakes 1, Westland 0: Selina Carriel goal. Bianca Pereyra shutout. HML 2-4.
• Homestead 0 Miami Springs 8.
• Palmetto 6, Killian 1: Sophia Paz 2 goals. Taryn Denkert goal, assist. Alexandra Perez goal, assist. Stephanie Galindo (KIL) goal. PAL 4-0.
• Miami Springs 8, Homestead 0:Alessandra Salazar 3 goals. Sofia De la Puenta goal, assist. Debbie Yance 2 assists.
• Coral Park 4, Braddock 1: Maria Vega 3 goals, assists. Nina Torres 1 assists. CP 1-3-1.
• South Dade 1, Coral Reef 0: Isamar Duran goal. McKenzie VanHeusen assist. Brittany Hoskins shutout. SD 5-0-1.
• Varela 8, Southridge 0: Emily Ochoa 3 goals. Jessica Caicedo 1 goal. Chelsea Schwartman 1 goal.
• South Miami 3, Sunset 2: Giselle Schreiber (SM) 3 goals. Ana Aroix (SM) 2 assists. Madison Askew (SM) 1 assist. SM 4-2.
• University School 4, Mater Academy 0: Valerie O’Toole 2 goals. Jazlyn Scott goal, assist. Gillian Newman fifth shutout. US 4-2-3.
• Archbishop McCarthy 8, Mourning 0: Colleen Becker 2 goals. Stephanie Moreno 2 goals. Abby Ribas 2 goals. AM 5-2.
• Late Wednesday – Doral Academy 2, LaSalle 2: Alissa Bello 1 Goal, 1 Assist; Alex Montero 1 Goal; Camila Ardila 1 Assist DOR 2-2-2.
• Late Wednesday – Southwest 7, Homestead 1