Multi-talented teen offered 150 scholarships

Multi-talented teen offered 150 scholarships

He plays nine instruments.

And he is one of the best high-school football players in the US.

Scholarship offers have been pouring in for 18-year-old Chad Thomas - 150 colleges have offered him a place, Mail Online reported.

The student, who had a 3.3 grade-point average at the Booker T. Washington high school in Miami, is an All-American Athlete and has taken up the piano, trombone, tuba, small tuba, guitar, bass guitar, snare, trumpet and drums.

The teenage sensation, who also helped his school football team to a national title and back-to-back state championships, was only three years old when he developed a passion for music, after his grandmother played him gospel music, Miami Herald reported.

He then picked up a guitar as a toddler and was signed up for piano lessons when he was five.

Before becoming a football star, he had to persuade his parents to let him play because he suffered from asthma and a slight heart murmur.

His football coach Tim Harris told the Herald: "I thought he was full of it when he told me he played all these instruments. Then he started playing them in front of me... I was impressed."

When he was seven, his grandmother died and he was forced to look after himself because his parents were constantly working.

The teen said he learnt to play the instruments by himself.

When he is not studying or playing, he is busy performing his own tracks at clubs or parties. One of his songs, produced with local musician Lil Dred, has been downloaded 245,000 times on SoundCloud.

He has been under the media spotlight this week after signing a national letter of intent for the University of Miami, where he is set to play next year. He was offered a scholarship for both music and football.

The teenage sensation said: "'Football is not for long. I can go down with a knee injury tomorrow, but I know I'll always be able to move my fingers and play an instrument, click a mouse."

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