AUSTIN, Texas -- Class of 2014 defensive end Solomon Thomas (Coppell, Texas/Coppell) got exactly what he wanted out of his unofficial visit to Texas for its game against New Mexico on Saturday.
“I went down here to try to have a good time, watch the game and try to get a better connection with the team,” Thomas said. “It worked out that way. I had a heck of a time.”
Thomas, who is one of three junior defensive ends that Texas offered on Aug. 2, was amazed at how comfortable he felt in the midst of all of the game-day activities the Longhorns had to offer, and even more so with the relationships he beileves he’s built with Texas’ coaching staff.
“I just loved how comfortable I was with the coaches,” he said. “I just had a great time down there and it was a lot of fun. I spoke to Coach [Oscar] Giles, Coach [Darrell] Wyatt and Coach [Mack] Brown. We just talked about keep working hard, keep playing and that they wanted me here. But right now is just not the right time to do anything. It was a lot of fun, though.”
So much fun, in fact, that Thomas (6-foot-3, 265 pounds) plans to attend the rest of Texas’ home games and also its game against Oklahoma, who just recently offered.
“I’ll also be going to Stanford when they play Arizona and then one Texas A&M game when they play Arkansas,” he said.
One of the main things that appeals to Thomas about Texas is the job that Giles does with defensive ends. He had a great time watching two of the best in the country in Alex Okafor and Jackson Jeffcoat.
“Coach Giles before the game told me to watch No. 80 and No. 44 because they are just amazing players,” he said. “Coach Giles is always good at creating the best defensive ends and sending them to the league. That’s one thing I really like about Texas and Coach Giles.”
Thomas also had the opportunity to catch up with a few Longhorns players he already knew and meet some new recruits. One familiar face he hadn’t seen in a while was freshman kicker Nick Jordan, a former teammate of his at Coppell.
“He was happy,” Thomas said of Jordan, who made a 28-yard field goal but missed a 45-yarder. “He said he was just too nervous. He said he would make the corrections. We were really just catching up because I hadn’t seen him in a while.
“One that I talked to that I didn’t really know was Lorenzo Joe. He was a real cool guy. I spoke to him for a little bit. All the other guys I knew, like Jake Raulerson and Jake Oliver. I also spoke to Alex De La Torre and Jaxon Shipley.”
In addition to his offers from the Red River rivals, Thomas also has offers from Baylor, BYU, Clemson, Colorado, Iowa, Notre Dame, Stanford, Texas A&M, UCLA, Virginia and West Virginia.