One-man band high school football player, 18, who plays NINE instruments is offered ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY college scholarships
- Chad Thomas maintains a 3.3 grade point average at high school
- He started playing football at age 12 and is now an All-American
- Defensive end helped his team win a state and national championship
- Teen sensation has signed a letter of intent with University of Miami
- Plays the piano, trombone, tuba, small tuba, guitar, bass guitar, snare, trumpet and drums
04:29 EST, 21 March 2014
08:00 EST, 21 March 2014
He began piano lessons at the age of five, and threw his first football at the age of 12.
Chad Thomas plays nine musical instruments and is one of the best
high-school players in the country - a feat that has seen the
18-year-old receive 150 college scholarship offers.
who maintains a 3.3 grade-point average at Booker T. Washington high
school in Miami, is an All-American Athlete and has taken up the piano,
trombone, tuba, small tuba, guitar, bass guitar, snare, trumpet and
drums, according to the Miami Herald.
Talented: Chad Thomas, 18, maintains a 3.3.
grade point average at Booker T. Washington High School and is an
All-American athlete, despite the fact he only started playing football
at the age of 12
The teenage sensation,
who also helped
his school football team to a national title and back-to-back state
championships, was only three years old when he developed a passion for
music, after his grandmother played him gospel music.
He then picked up a guitar as a toddler and was signed up for piano lessons when he was just five.
Before becoming a football star, Thomas had to
persuade his parents to let him play because he suffered from asthma
and a slight heart murmur.
Thomas' football coach Tim Harris told
the paper: 'I thought he was full of it when he told me he played all
these instruments. Then he started playing them in front of me ... I was
He has been touted as the third best
defensive end in the country and is so passionate about football, he
normally cries before a game.
When he was seven, his grandmother died, and he was forced to look after himself because his parents were constantly working.
'I just took it upon myself to learn how to play the instruments that I hear in the songs', he said.
When Thomas is not studying, he is performing his own tracks at clubs and at parties.
One of his songs he produced with local musician Lil Dred has been downloaded 245,000 times on SoundCloud.
Bright future: He has been named as the third
best high-school defensive end in the country and is set to sign a
letter of intent for the University of Miami this week
Dedicated: He began playing the guitar as a toddler and started piano lessons when he was just five
under the media spotlight this week, after signing a national letter of
intent for the University of Miami where he is set to play next year.
Thomas was offered a scholarship for both music and football.
The teenage sensation added: 'It’s always
been in my mind to go to school there.
'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.'
Hype: He has been in the media spotlight this week after signing his letter of intent for the University of Miami