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Tuesday, July 2, 2013
Solomon Thomas recaps recent visits

By Derek Tyson

BEAVERTON, Ore. -- ESPN 300 defensive end Solomon Thomas (Coppell, Texas/Coppell) has a top eight consisting of Texas, Oklahoma, Stanford, Notre Dame, Alabama, Arkansas, Ohio State and UCLA.

The 6-foot-3, 256-pound defensive end recently visited three of his favorites and said he came away impressed with each school.

Solomon Thomas
Solomon Thomas would like to make his decision after his senior season.
"I've been to Ohio State, Alabama and Notre Dame," Thomas said. "I got to meet with all the coaches and see things about the each program.

"There were things they said different about their program and some things they said that were the same, so you have to pick that out and see what really stands out. The graduation rates are really good."

Thomas said he enjoyed the community at Ohio State, which is very important considering the distance from his hometown to Columbus.

"The community feel feel over there is just amazing," Thomas said. "Just the people there and how they interact with you and how close the players are there and how they work."

Alabama impressed Thomas in a way that most high school athletes don't really notice.

"Alabama is the most disciplined program I've visited with how it's run," he said. "That was very impressive."

Texas, the only in-state team in his top eight, remains one of Thomas' top schools.

"I like Texas, I've liked them for a while now," Thomas said. "They were the first school to offer me. I have a good relationship with their coaches and I have a good understanding on what that campus is like and what that town is like, so that's good."

Thomas said he likes Oklahoma for their hard-nosed style of play.

"They have a great tradition," he said. "It's a hard-nose program. They don't care about anything but go out there and hit you in the face. That's what they are known for."

The four-star end said he would like to make his decision after his senior season.