WPIAL approves Corey Thomas’ transfer to Penn Hills
By: Chris Harlan
Sunday, May 13, 2018 | 1:57 AM
The WPIAL questioned Corey Thomas about his mid-year transfer to Penn Hills before ruling the standout junior eligible in a hearing this week.
Thomas, who lists several college football offers, transferred home from Central Catholic in early spring. Principals at both schools had already approved the transfer, but the WPIAL board was concerned that this was Thomas’ third high school, WPIAL executive director Tim O’Malley said.
Thomas, a Penn Hills resident, attended Serra Catholic as a freshman.
“It was the board’s decision to have him come in and answer, No. 1: ‘Why three schools in three years?'” O’Malley said.
There also were questions whether Thomas had worked out with the Penn Hills football team before his transfer, but those proved unfounded, O’Malley said.
The hearing was closed to the public. The vote was not unanimous, O’Malley said Friday, but the board did rule in Thomas’ favor.
The 6-foot-3, 190-pounder played wide receiver and safety for Central Catholic. He lists FBS scholarship offers from Indiana, Ball State, Bowling Green, Buffalo and Toledo. The Rivals three-star recruit projects as a linebacker or safety in college.
I’ll be finishing my high school career at Penn Hills High School. Excited to begin this new chapter…
— Corey Thomas Jr. (@CThom_7) May 9, 2018
WPIAL grants waiver
The WPIAL approved a hardship waiver request from Imani Christian junior Tevaugh Alston that will let him compete next school year as a senior.
Alston had exhausted his eight semesters of high school eligibility, but PIAA rules allow for a fifth year in rare instances for students who faced extreme off-field circumstances that caused them a personal hardship.
Alston played wide receiver and defensive back for Imani last season.
Chris Harlan is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter @CHarlan_Trib.