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Thursday, March 14, 2013
Thomas gets to know new Sooners coach

By Bob Przybylo

A visit Tuesday wasn’t the first time ESPN Watch List defensive end Solomon Thomas (Coppell, Texas/Coppell) had seen the Oklahoma campus.

Not even close. Thomas has been a frequent visitor to Norman, Okla., the last couple of years for camps or game visits. But Tuesday’s unofficial trip was about something else.

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ESPN Watch List defensive end Solomon Thomas enjoyed meeting new Sooners defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery.
OU hired Jerry Montgomery as its defensive line coach in February. And though Thomas had spoken to Montgomery on the phone, it was vital for him to meet Montgomery in person.

“I wanted to see what he was like,” Thomas said. “It was real good. I like him a lot. I like the way he coaches. He coaches real similar to how I’m coached in high school so I really like that.”

Thomas earned an OU offer a long time ago but said he’s not in any rush to commit. He said he wants to wait until he’s 100 percent sure. Through every unofficial visit he has taken so far, he said he has never felt that 100 percent clarity.

The Sooners remain in the conversation, and nothing that happened Tuesday changed that, as Thomas took in an OU spring practice.

“Coach Montgomery worked on technique a lot and focused on the small things,” Thomas said. “He’s a really good technician. I like that because I’m more of a technique guy.”

Thomas said he is going to enjoy the rest of his spring break, but he does plan to see spring practices at Oklahoma State, Baylor and TCU. He has already been to a Texas spring practice as well.

Because he's quite familiar with the OU campus, he doesn't have many questions left for the coaching staff. But there is one for Thomas to answer himself.

“I have to look at the depth chart and see where I fit in,” Thomas said. “With guys like Matt Dimon and D.J. Ward coming into the program, that’s something I have to ask myself about how I’m going to get on the field.”

The visit did offer some fun, too, as Thomas was there for OU’s filming of its version of the Harlem Shake. It was a worthy edition, he said.

“That was a lot of fun,” Thomas said. “I thought it was a good one. Aaron Colvin was real funny the entire time.”

Thomas has good size at 6-foot-3 and 265 pounds, but he said the No. 1 thing he is working on heading into his senior season is his pass-rushing. He said he wants to become a more complete player. He has offers from Alabama, Texas, Stanford and Ohio State, among many others.