Monday, August 4, 2014
Despite being only a rising sophomore, Kingston Thomas will likely see a lot of action for the Ashley Ridge varsity football team next season.
Thomas, who has played football since he was 7 years old, was moved up from the Swamp Fox JV team to the varsity last season. Since then, coaches have groomed him to potentially take over the starting safety position formerly held by 2014 AR graduate Kendall Felder.
That position is one of the most important ones on the team as Felder was responsible for all the calls for defensive adjustments made on the field.
Thomas will also be on the kickoff and punt return teams.
He has aspirations to play college football, but is keeping his goals simple for now.
“I’m just thankful God has given me some athletic ability so remembering that and staying humble are always among my top goals,” he said. “Beyond that I just want to help my team however I can and be a leader for my team.”
As a freshman, Thomas placed fourth in his class at the state weightlifting competition. He feels he could have placed higher had they been able to run the 40-yard dash that day but rain prevented the competition and any points he may have earned through it.
“That was a great experience,” he said. “It’s a great way to see what kind of competition you will face in the state and to meet some friends. My maxes there were about 20 pounds lower than normal but I’ve had massive improvements from March to now so hopefully that will carry onto the field.”
His long-term goals include becoming a doctor.
“Getting a scholarship would be great, but even if I don’t I’m definitely going to college,” he said. “Education comes before sports, but since I want to go to medical school an athletic scholarship would be nice.”
He plans to become an orthodontist.
“I want to do something that allows me to help other people,” he said. “I wouldn’t want the risk of being a heart surgeon and having someone’s life in my hands, but I feel I would like fixing people’s teeth and making them look better.”
He is the son of Ashley Ridge Defensive Coordinator Brad Thomas.
“I don’t get any special treatment because he is my dad or anything, and I wouldn’t want to because that isn’t going to help me succeed,” he said. “My dad doesn’t hesitate to single me out if I do something stupid, but it doesn’t affect our home life. When we are on the field we are a just a coach and a player. As soon as we step off the field, we are father and son.”
Favorite Athlete: Charles Woodson
Favorite Sport to Watch: Football
Favorite Movie or Book: The Blind Side/Where the Red Fern Grows
Favorite Group or Musician: The Beatles
Favorite TV Show: Sports Center
Favorite Class or Subject: Social Studies