With Thomas, NU starts 2014 class strong

Northwestern started its 2014 recruiting class strong, with three-star safety Jordan Thomas giving his verbal commitment to the Wildcats on Saturday.

Jordan Thomas had his mind set on Northwestern, even before receiving a scholarship offer. When given the opportunity, he jumped on it. The three-star safety became NU's first member of the 2014 recruiting class.

"Northwestern has everything I could possibly ask for—plus more," said Thomas. "Why continue to look when everything is right in front me?"

Thomas, a 6-foot-, 170-pound prospect, committed to Northwestern as a defensive back. He gave the news to head coach Pat Fitzgerald after the Wildcats' Saturday practice.

"It was heartwarming," said Thomas. "He was excited and I was excited. It was just great."

The greatest selling point Northwestern offers Thomas are its academics. He was impressed with the program's graduation rate.

"I love football, don't get me wrong, but academics are first and of foremost importance," he said.

Thomas felt like part of the team already as he visited with players, coaches, and staffers.

"I love the family environment they give off," said Thomas. "Everybody there is great—they're great people."

For Thomas, the excitement of his verbal commitment is overwhelming.

"I'm at a loss for words," he said. "There are no words for how I feel at the moment. It's just great."

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. He resides on Chicago's north side.
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