It began in Manhattan. Two years later, he moved to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., where he lived for five years. Next, it was five years in Philadelphia, then back to Florida, northward to Knightsville, Fla., in the panhandle and now to Charleston.
His family moved to Charleston when his father, a urologist, was hired at St. Francis Hospital.
During his time in Knightsville his turnover ratio of friends was constant.
"Elgin Air Force Base is there and those kids would be switching out every couple years, so I'd see new kids," he said. "You just fit in, meet new people.
"It's been very good. Wherever I go, it's been easier and easier to fit in and make friends."
Nobody is happier than Campbell and the Patriots baseball program, which was afforded considerable versatility with Thomas in the lineup. Despite being a mere 5-foot-9 and 140 pounds, he has provided the team with a steadying force at the top of the lineup and in the field.
He had a varsity career-high four hits against South Charleston on April 26. Thomas has a hit in all but five games.
His arrival has become a safety blanket for Campbell.
"He's a leadoff hitter, which is what we weren't going to have," Campbell said. "He gave us the ability to have another left-handed stick in the order. He can run and he's a kid who can bunt. He probably has six or seven bunts for hits this year."
His value has increased exponentially with right fielder Clayton Anderson suffering a torn labrum. Anderson's injury has limited him to designated hitter duties, putting Thomas in right field and junior Austin Griffith in center.
"He's only played a couple games in right field and we moved him around a little bit," Campbell said.
While Thomas remains competitive on the field, he understands the need to learn, which he said happens every day at GW.
"I just want to do whatever ... play ball," he said. "I really enjoy it. It's been a lot of fun and I really enjoy this program at GW, because it's all about the game."
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