MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Chad Thomas, a senior at Booker T. Washington, is a teen with many talents. So many talents, that he has received hundreds of college scholarship offers.
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.
Thomas 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.
Thomas 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.
"So 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 songs."
Thomas plays the piano, trombone, euphonium (a small tuba), base guitar, regular guitar, snare, tuba, trumpet and drums.
CBS4's 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.