"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."