Cardinal Land Five-Star

Stanford got National Signing Day started off with a bang hauling in five-star defensive end Solomon Thomas…

Solomon Thomas, a 6-foot-3, 256-pound defensive end from Coppell (Texas) High emerged on to the recruiting scene in his first varsity game as a sophomore back in August, 2012.

Since that match-up with Mesquite Horn he has evolved in to one of the most heavily recruited players in the Lone Star State.

He pared his heavy list of offers steadily down before coming up with a top three of Arkansas, Stanford and UCLA.

But he ended the recruiting process when he announced for Stanford during his televised press conference at the high school.

"Next year I will be playing college football and graduating from… Stanford University," Thomas said with a smile as he pulled out ‘The Tree' and slipped on his #NerdNation glasses.

"What drew me to Stanford is just the players and people there. They all have the same mindset. They are trying to get better as people, not just players. It is just like a high school team. They all love each other. They just don't do it for themselves they do it for the team and I love the coaches out there.

As a senior Thomas recorded 78 tackles, 12.5 sacks, 28 quarterback pressures, and 26 tackles for loss. He is ranked No. 20 prospect in the Scout100 and No. 3 nationally at defensive end.

He was a 2014 U.S. Army All-American Bowl selection, a second team All-State selection and the 5-5A District MVP. He was invited to and participated at The Opening by Nike.

Scout Eval - He is tough against the run, but also has the ability to get after the quarterback and wreak some havoc in the backfield. He has the frame to possibly grow out of the defensive end position after a few years in a college strength and conditioning program, but has the athleticism to stick as a strongside end with a great burst and change of direction. He uses his hands well to manipulate offensive linemen and make plays against the run.

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