College soccer's highest scoring forward in 2012. Lethal finisher at Elon who earned Hermann Trophy consideration as a senior.
What Scouts Say:"Goal scorer and unbelievable finisher. Didn't need too many opportunities to finish … Has rare ability around goal. Great composure. Very dangerous. Good in front of goal ... Scores on scraps and makes stuff happen on his own ... Strong and athletic. Good speed … Made the difference in college … Struggles with his back to goal. Not going to hold the ball up. Not a target guy per se ... Thinking man's forward as opposed to an athletic forward ... Combination play may be a question .... Can be enigmatic ... Not necessarily really fast, not really strong, but athletic enough and strong enough to make it work ... His forte is finding space to separate himself from defenders to create opportunities to score. Able to drift off defenders and find space ... Junior year didn't have a great year [knee injury] because he wasn't fit and sharp, but this year he did well and was more relaxed ... Made big improvement with fitness, work rate and movement off ball compared to first three years ... Questions about his fitness and work rate over long period of time. Not a 90-minute guy ... Certainly worth drafting ... Better as a second forward and could be pretty good with three up front ... Is he going to be strong enough to hold up against certain MLS defenders and fast enough to get behind them? ... Could become a great 70th minute sub in MLS."
College (Elon): Two-time Southern Conference Player of the Year in 2010 and 2012 ... Hermann Trophy semifinalist and NSCAA All-America second team in 2012 ... Scored school-record 53 goals in 81 matches in his four-year career at Elon, including 23 goals in his senior season ... Southern Conference Freshman of the Year with 10 goals in 2009.
Club: Norcross Fury '91 ... Helped Tony Annan’s Norcross Fury '91 club team to the state cup title, the Potomac championships, the Score at the Shore crown, the R3PL title and the CASL championship in 2008.
High School: Set and reset Greater Atlanta Christian school records for goals in a season with 41 strikes as a junior and 53 as a senior… also holds the school record with 143 career tallies… led GAC to three state titles… named the 2008-09 Gatorade Georgia Boys Soccer Player of the Year… 2009 Georgia High School State Player of the Year.
Personal: Son of Gilbert and Donna Thomas … Majoring in sport and event management ... Lists his favorite club team as "Wherever Steven Kinney plays" -- the Chicago Fire.