Thomas talks about commitment

Arizona received a verbal commitment from safety Leo Thomas on Tuesday. Read on to see why he made the decision, if he is solid to Arizona, and more.

Leo Thomas has had Arizona since his leader since June, and felt that he could commit to the program at anytime. On Tuesday, Thomas pulled the trigger and gave his pledge to Mike Stoops and the Wildcats.

"I committed to Arizona today (Tuesday)," Thomas said. "I'm happy, it's a blessing. To be coached by Mike Stoops and Ryan Walters, I'm happy. I'm ready to make something happen."

The choice to become the 14th member of Stoops' class of 2012 turned out to be a family decision, and was based primarily on the strengths of the program and the school.

"My dad and my brothers and me were sitting down and talking and right now, Arizona is the most interested," Thomas said. "They were already the school that was number one on my list and that I liked. That's why I decided I want to be there the next four or five years. And it's a good school for my academics.

"It's a good school for sports. It has a good program for everything; sports, education, it's good all the way around. When I take my official visit, I know it's somewhere I'll want to be for the next four or five years."

Newly appointed defensive backs coach Ryan Walters has been recruiting the three-star San Antonio Houston High School safety for some time now, and was very happy to hear Thomas was on board with the Wildcats.

"I told Ryan Walters I committed, and when I told him, he was like ‘oh God I'm happy'," Thomas said. "He was really excited, and he was saying I'm the first safety to commit and that they're only going to take one more safety.

"He was fired up and said he hasn't had the pleasure to coach a safety like me. I can read the ball, I can tackle, I can punt return and he's happy to coach a player like me."

Under Coach Walters' tutelage, the 6-foot-3, 175-pound 85th ranked safety in the country believes he has a bright future with the program.

"I think I'm going to fit in well because I'm an all-around defensive back," Thomas said. "I think I'm going to fit in really well. I just have to go in and play hard and adapt to the system, but I think I'm going to be able to do that really quick."

With just under six months to go until Signing Day, Arizona fans need not worry about losing Thomas to another school before then.

"I'm 100 percent committed to Arizona," Thomas said. "I'm not listening to any other schools. Bear Down."


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