All-American football player Chad Thomas is more than just a jock. In addition to being one of the top prospects in the nation and boasting a 3.3 g.p.a., the Miami native is also a talented musician who plays nine instruments. The well-rounded student-athlete impressed so many schools with his skills on and off the field he racked up 150 scholarship offers.
This fall, Thomas will be taking his talents to the University of Miami where he’ll play for the storied football program and continue his studies at the university’s Frost School of Music.
“My plans…I’m going to UM for music technology and I’m going to play football,” Thomas said, refusing to choose between his two loves.
Thomas first fell in love with music when his grandmother bought him a guitar and signed him up for piano lessons at three. By the time he was five he was already performing.
When his grandmother passed away when he was just seven, Thomas, an only child, turned to music to keep him company while his parents worked. In middle school he convinced his father to buy him a $1000 MC-808 so he could learn how to make beats.
The investment paid off. Thomas has produced tracks for local artists and hopes to continue making music while at the University of Miami, which is ranked as one of the best schools in the nation for music engineering.
In addition to the piano Thomas plays the trombone, tuba, euphonium, guitar, bass guitar, snare, trumpet and drums. Although many are already talking about Thomas’ chances of making it to the NFL, he isn’t staking his future on turning pro.
“It’s always been in my mind to go to school [at the University of Miami]. Football is not for long. 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.”
We wish him luck!