Thomas visits NU; nearing a decision

Ouachita Parish (LA) High School receiver Taijuan Thomas entered his visit at Northwestern with Stanford set as his favorite school. After experiencing campus in Evanston, his decision will be a bit more complicated.

Taijuan Thomas arrived on Northwestern's campus with the Stanford Cardinal tabbed as his favorite school. That has now changed after his visit in Evanston.

Thomas took in two Northwestern practices, met with Wildcat players and coaches, and learned more about the football program and university. The experience made his decision a bit more difficult.

"When I got to Northwestern, it changed my whole perspective," said Thomas, who described the Wildcats and Cardinal as being dead even after the visit.

However, Northwestern may have gained an edge of the Cardinal, in which Thomas was drawn to while watching the Wildcats' practices.

"What gives Northwestern an edge is that it runs the spread, where Stanford runs a pro(-style offense) and only has two receivers out there," said Thomas. "I would have a better chance of playing in the spread than the pro."

What stood out to Thomas, but especially his parents, who were also on campus, was the interaction with Northwestern players, who he described as 'high-caliber' people.

"I like the way they act and how they carried themselves," Thomas said of the Wildcat players. "To meet and talk with the players about why and how they chose Northwestern and how they like it, that was great."

When asked what makes Northwestern and Stanford different, Thomas struggled to come up with an answer, indicating the difficult decision he faces.

"That's why it's so hard; they're both so similar," said Thomas of his two finalists. "They both have great coaches, they only recruit high-caliber guys. It's kind of 50-50."

Thomas has concluded his visits, and has ended his recruitment; the next step will be a decision between Northwestern and Stanford. He anticipates that will occur in the coming weeks.

"I'm going to pray and go where I'm led," he said. "That's how I'm going to make my decision."

Chris Emma has covered recruiting, college athletics and professional baseball for FOX Sports Next since 2009. Emma covered the Nebraska Cornhuskers for Big Red Report, and currently covers the Northwestern Wildcats and Chicago Cubs. He currently resides on Chicago's north side.
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