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NSCD's Thomas Picks Butler
It’s not very often that a winless high school football team manages to produce a Division I player.
And it’s even more rare when that player comes from tiny North Shore Country Day.
But David Thomas’ special talents on the gridiron have earned him a spot in the Butler University program next fall.
Thomas, a safety-running back, recently chose Butler over schools like Wittenberg, Kenyon, and Colgate according to North Shore head coach Jim Deuble.
He’ll be the first player to compete at a Division I school since Deuble joined the Raider staff 19 years ago – and maybe the first in school history.
“He scored all of our points this year (nine touchdowns), and I know he’ll play wherever they ask him to, because that’s the way it was for us,” Deuble said. “I know he’ll work hard and I hope it’s a good fit for him. I know he fell in love with the campus when he visited there.”
The 5-foot-9, 170-pound Thomas is a Chicago resident who has been clocked in the 4.6-4.7 range in the 40-yard dash.
He led North Shore in rushing (102 attempts for 555 yards and four touchdowns) and receiving (45 catches for 609 yards, 5 TDs) and also started at strong safety for the Raiders.
On defense, he recovered one fumble and ranked fourth on the team in total tackles with 33 solos and 18 assists.
NSCD’s Thomas picks Butler
By Dennis Mahoney, The Glencoe News (IL)