FL high school student offered 150 scholarships
Cynthia Demos, CBS Miami
10:30 p.m. EDT March 19, 2014
– Chad Thomas, a senior at Booker T. Washington, is a teen with many
talents. So many talents, that he has received hundreds of college
Thomas, 18, has received 150 scholarships for
his skills on the football field, but also for his exceptional musical
abilities—playing a total of nine instruments.
Of the football and
music scholarships offered, Thomas has chosen to attend the University
of Miami and will play football as a Hurricane, and also practice his
musical talents at the University's Frost School of Music.
helped lead the Booker T. Tornadoes to back-to-back state championships
and win a national title this season. But it's not only being on the
field that he loves—Thomas says he fell in love with music at the age of
three while listening to his late grandmother's gospel CDS.
said his grandmother bought him a guitar and also signed him up for
piano lessons. By the time he was five, Thomas was performing.
"My plans…I'm going to UM for music technology and I'm going to play football," said Thomas.
So play for the NFL or a career in music production—for Thomas his focus in in both.
if I make it to the NFL that would be a blessing for me," said Thomas.
But his love for music remains a strong passion. "I have love for music
and took it upon myself to learn and play the instruments I hear in the
Thomas plays the piano, trombone, euphonium (a small tuba), base guitar, regular guitar, snare, tuba, trumpet and drums.
Cynthia Demos asked Thomas, if he had to choose a career in either
music or football, he paused for a moment but then finally answered.
"It would probably be music," said Thomas.