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Sunday, October 6, 2013
ESPN 300 DE talks Stanford unofficial

By Damon Sayles

A bye week allowed ESPN 300 defensive end Solomon Thomas (Coppell, Texas/Coppell) to take a road trip to the West Coast.

Thomas took an unofficial visit to Stanford -- his third trip to Palo Alto, Calif. -- and was one of the 50,424 in attendance to see the Cardinal hold off Washington in a battle of unbeaten Pac-12 teams. Thomas arrived on Friday and had a chance to once again experience the environment on The Farm.

“It was a good game. It was good to see them come back and fight,” Thomas said of Stanford. “The crowd was into it, and the players were into it. It was a lot of fun.

“I got to hang out with the players and really see how they feel about the school. I got to understand what the people of Stanford are like. The players really emphasize how diverse life at Stanford is and how different it is because there are so many different backgrounds. It really opens you up for different cultures and ethnicities.”

The third trip -- on his own dime – may have people believing that Stanford is a legitimate favorite for the 6-foot-3, 256-pound defensive end. Thomas, however, said that all of his original favorites are still close in the recruiting race. Thomas has Stanford, Texas, Oklahoma, Ohio State, Alabama, Arkansas, Notre Dame and UCLA high on his list, and LSU and TCU are still reliable options.

Thomas said he will be at the Red River Rivalry showdown this weekend. While Thomas said that he’s still working on finalizing five official visits for the end of the football season, Texas and Oklahoma both have strong shots at landing him.

“I hope I get to see a better game this year,” Thomas said. “I want to see the old Texas-OU rivalry game where it’s all about a smash-mouth, physical game.”