San Antonio (Texas) Sam Houston safety Leo Thomas has held several offers from quite some time now. The 6-foot-2, 173-pound defender has long had his eye on one program, though.
On Tuesday Thomas decided to end the recruiting process. He called the coaches of a Pac-12 school and let them know he was ready to commit.
"I made a commitment to Arizona," Thomas said on Tuesday afternoon. "It was just like an hour ago or so.
"I called my recruiting coach, coach Ryan Walters. I told him, 'Coach Ryan, I want to commit to Arizona.' He was just really happy. He said it was an honor to coach a safety like me. He was fired up and said he can't wait to get me down there."
Thomas has not had a chance to speak with Arizona head coach Mike Stoops just yet but that should change soon.
"Not yet," he said. "I called like right when they were getting out of practice. I think coach Stoops was getting interviewed but I should be getting in touch with him later. They said he would be excited when he found out."
Thomas, who also had offers from the likes of Colorado, North Texas and Wake Forest, says a number of factors led him to choose the Wildcats.
"They have a really good education," he said. "All their coaches are really cool and we have a great bond. Everything - I like everything. It's like a dream school."
The chance at early playing time was also a big factor for the three-star defender.
"[Walters] said they're short on DBs and they're recruiting me because they want me to come in and play my freshman year," Thomas said. "He was telling me they have three safeties on the field so he wants me to come in and play right away. He was fired up about me."
Thomas has never been to Tucson but will be making his first trip there likely during the season.
"I haven't been there yet," he said. "I'm taking an official visit sometime though. I haven't set it up just yet because they have to get my transcript first. Once they get that then we're going to plan everything for it."