Thomas narrows list, plans NU visit

Louisiana wide receiver Taijuan Thomas has whittled his list of schools down to three – Stanford, Northwestern and Houston – and he's in the process of visiting them all. Which one is in the driver's seat? Find out in this PurpleWildcats.com recruiting update.

Whereas some college recruits elongate the process of choosing a school, Taijuan Thomas, a speedy wide receiver prospect out of Ouachita Parish High School (Monroe, La.), fittingly seems to be opting for the more expeditious route.

The 5-foot-10, 175-pound prospect on Wednesday said he has narrowed his list of schools down to three, and he has already scheduled visits to the two campuses he has not seen for late next month.

The three schools being scrutinized by Thomas are Stanford, Northwestern and Houston, and the two-star wideout said each institution has both its pros and its cons.

"The good thing about Stanford is they have great academics and then they have a great football team, too," Thomas said. "The only negative is that they're real far away. Northwestern, it's not as far and they're pretty good for both football and academics. The only thing I don't like about them is, it's real cold up there, and I don't like cold weather. And then U of H, they like to throw the ball a lot. Each one of their receivers last year had over 1,000 yards receiving – that's a big plus for me."

The stellar wide receiver, who also holds offers from Arkansas State, Dartmouth, Louisiana-Monroe, Southern Miss and Tulane, visited Stanford's campus last month, and he came away impressed.

"I got to see the campus, the facilities. I got to meet the whole coaching staff," Thomas said. "It went pretty good – just a long flight, that's all."

Meanwhile, Thomas – a valedictorian candidate entering his senior year, according to his high school coach, John Carr – has been staying in contact with Northwestern, talking to wide receivers coach Dennis Springer and head coach Pat Fitzgerald regularly.

The soon-to-be senior said he has penciled in trips to both Northwestern and Houston for late next month, and though he isn't targeting a specific date for a decision, he is hoping to choose one before the start of his senior campaign.


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