West Chester (Ohio) Lakota West defensive end Solomon Thomas locked up his second official visit recently. The 6-foot-4, 210-pounder already has one scheduled for North Carolina State in November. Who else is Thomas planning on visiting?
"I've scheduled a visit with Arizona State on November 18th," he said. "I really wanted to go check out a school somewhere completely different and Arizona State is such a place. It's on the other end of the country and I want to see how things are out there."
At the moment five schools stand out for Thomas's services.
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"They are in no particular order, but I'm really looking mostly at North Carolina State, Arizona State, Illinois, Louisville and Boston College," he stated. "I picked North Carolina State for a visit already because they were my second offer back in February. I feel a real good relationship with the coaches there and I call and talk to them just about every week. I also took notice of the success they had especially on the defensive line in the draft this year.
"I took an unofficial visit to Illinois this spring and loved the campus and the whole trip. They were also my first offer back in February. Louisville is in a nice location, kind of close and kind of far away. I like coach Mike Cassity a lot since he is a very nice guy. Finally, I like Boston College because Tom O'Brien came down to my school and visited with my coach. I like coach Horton a lot too because he's been recruiting me the longest since I was a sophomore and I also know they have great academics."
Previously the defensive end prospect claimed that Southern schools may have the advantage, but looking at his top five they are spread across the country.
"I do really like Southern football, but I'm looking all over," he said. "I know Boston and Illinois are in the north and I think my decision more so will come down to the place that shows the most interest in me."
A couple other schools are on the verge of potentially offering Thomas including Tennessee and Virginia Tech.
"Both of them have told me that they'd offer if I am willing to commit early," he said. "I personally think committing now would be foolish. I want to be able to go through the recruiting process and choose my school. If either of those schools decides to offer me, they'd definitely rise to the top of my list and I'd probably schedule an official with them, but we'll have to see what they do."
In the meantime, Thomas is working hard to make himself eligible.
"I know my grades aren't the best," he said. "I've got a 2.3 GPA in my core classes and need to do well on the ACT. I'm working hard to get myself where I have to be."
Thomas earned first team all-conference, all-Cincinnati and all-county last season after registering 68 tackles, 16 for loss and nine sacks.
The Ohio end has no plans to take in camps or unofficial visits this summer.