Buckeyes Take the Lead

Recruiting is heating up for Solomon Thomas, one of Ohio's most intriguing prospects. He was one of the top performers at Ohio State's senior advanced camp and earned an offer from the Buckeyes for his performance. He currently has two programs sitting at the top of his list. Could a decision be near?

Scout.com four-star prospect Solomon Thomas, a 6-foot-4, 220-pound defensive end from Lakota West High in West Chester, Ohio has elevated Ohio State to the top of his wish list after enjoying an unofficial visit today.

"I had a good time today on my visit," Thomas explained. I got to see the dorms and the facilities throughout the campus."

"I had a good experience at their camp earlier in the year, but the visit today allowed me to see more of the school. When I went to camp the dorms were still under construction and it was nice to see everything."

"I would say that Ohio State is my solid number one choice right now."

Thomas got the chance to sit down with some members of the coaching staff while on the visit and they explained to him how they envision him fitting into their defensive schemes.

"Coach (Jim) Tressel was not there because he was in Chicago for the Big Ten meetings," he said. "I got to sit down and talk to coach (Jim) Heacock and coach (John) Peterson."

"They told me that they see me fitting in to their Leo position. The Leo basically spies the quarterback. Many people do not know this, but A.J. Hawk played the Leo position while he was at Ohio State."

Ohio State may have the lead, but there are some other schools hot on Thomas' trail.

"North Carolina State is my solid number two," Thomas informed. "I am also high on Tennessee. They have not offered, but I am in contact with coach Cutcliffe a lot."

"I have scheduled an unofficial visit to NC State on November 4, when they play Georgia Tech. I am very excited about it."

There have been rumors that Thomas could be closing in on a decision, but he persists that he will take some official visits before pledging.

"I do not know that I will take it all the way down to the wire, but I would definitely like to look at some of these schools on official visits first," Thomas said.

As a junior, Thomas tallied 58 tackles (second on team) with 30 solos, 13 tackles-for-loss, seven sacks, nine pass break-ups and one fumble forced last season. Lakota West was 7-3 on the season. He earned first Team All-GMC and second team All-Southwest Ohio for his efforts.

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