Coppell (Texas) defensive end Solomon Thomas has been on college radars since his freshman year and holds offers from Oklahoma, Texas Tech, Texas A&M, Texas, Notre Dame, LSU, UCLA, Stanford, Colorado, West Virginia, Clemson, Virginia, Louisiana-Lafayette, Houston, and North Carolina.
As one of the most highly sought 2014 recruits in the nation and one of the top prospects in Texas his time is in high demand. Between coaches, media interviews, a room full of recruiting letters, and everything else that comes along with being a top football prospect, it is easy to see how things can get hectic.
The 6-3, 263-pound Rivals250 to Watch standout is taking it all in and as he does on the field he is taking it all in stride.
"When it just started out I was a little bit surprised with all the letters. It was a lot," Thomas said. "And with all the coaches coming by I thought it was cool. My coach keeps emphasizing to me not to let it stress me out and I'm just trying to ride a long with it and not let it get to me."
Today Thomas arrived in San Antonio, Texas for the Army National Combine, and in February he is gearing for junior days at colleges around the area.
"I don't have any planned yet, but I know I'm going to get to Alabama," Thomas said. "I'm trying to get back to Texas, OU, some of the schools like Baylor and A&M and that's really it."
This fall he attended the Texas/New Mexico game in Austin, Texas and the Oklahoma/Notre Dame game in Norman, Okla. Among the schools recruiting him the hardest Thomas lists Texas, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Stanford, and Alabama, and those are the schools he is currently building the strongest relationships.
When it comes to favorites, Thomas is not naming favorites, but he thinks he could begin to narrow his list in the coming months.
"I'll probably have a top 10 in the next couple of months, but right now I'm still evaluating a lot," Thomas said.
He does have an idea about what he is looking for in a future college destination and is not solely focused on football.
"I look at that a lot when I watch teams play," Thomas said. "I look at how their defensive ends play and also I'm really interested in how the the school is going to make me a better person and not just a player and how I'm going to succeed after and provide for my family."