Thomas makes it official

Leo Thomas made the decision to attend Arizona this past weekend and has now decided to go public with it. Read inside to see why he chose the Wildcats, what he likes about the coaching staff, and more.

6-foot-3, 175-pound San Antonio (Texas) Houston safety Leo Thomas knew that he wanted to go to Arizona after his official visit this past weekend.

While the original plan was to keep his commitment quiet until Signing Day, it appears that the three-star safety simply could not wait that long.

"The visit was really nice out there," Thomas said. "I liked everything about Arizona. When I first got there, the campus was beautiful and the coaching staff from (Rich) Rodriguez to (Tony) Gibson told me how much I would like it there and it was a good environment."

Thomas was familiar with Arizona since he was previously committed to being a Wildcat and says that the visit made him comfortable enough to commit to the new coaching staff as well.

"Everybody around me was nice and it was just comfortable," Thomas said. "The academics are real good too, so that is a big plus. They told me I would fit in perfectly."

In fact, one of Arizona's strongest pitches was that Thomas would be able to come in and play right away.

"Coach Rodriguez told me that he is not recruiting me just to come in and sit," Thomas said. "He wants me to come in and play right away and try to make a big impact."

Thomas had plenty of experience with Mike Stoops and believes that Stoops and Rodriguez are very different.

"I would say they are completely different because Coach Rodriguez is a lot like my high school coach because he helps you become a man and is more worried about education," Thomas said. "He is worried about football but wants us all to get our degree also."

In addition to the coaching staff, Thomas says that he was impressed with the players, including his host.

"The players I hung out with were cool," he said. "Jon McKnight was a real cool guy and he was telling me that if I come to Arizona then he would always be there for me and he was just a real cool guy."

After the visit, committing to Arizona seemed to be inevitable, as Thomas just feels that it is the right place to be.

"I just wanted to go back home and talk it over with my family," he said. "When I got on the campus I closed my eyes and then opened them and everything just stood out to me and I felt like I fit. I can come right in and play. I just have to do what I do and keep working hard."

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