Thomas Looks to the Future

Solomon Thomas is one of the most important commitments for the 2007 Ohio State recruiting efforts. He gave his commitment to attend OSU last month shortly after returning from an unofficial visit, and he had a great time while on campus this weekend for his official visit.

Solomon Thomas, 6-foot-5, 225-pound athlete from West High in Lakota, Ohio was more than excited after returning home from his official visit to see the campus of the Ohio State Buckeyes.

"The visit went very good," Thomas began. "It was very informative and a whole lot of fun. We were just able to get out there and get down to football."

"They told me that I was going to be coming in and playing the viper position, and I got to watch a lot of film about the position and see how it is played. It is really more of a linebacker position than it is a defensive end position. It is similar to what Vernon Gholston is playing right now."

It is easy to see that the morale of the Buckeye fan is at or near an all time low despite the fact they had a respectable season on the field, and it is even apparent to the current recruits, but Thomas proclaims that the mindset of the coaching staff is very upbeat. He is looking forward to the promise that the future holds for not only him, but also the team.

"The coaches were very positive," Thomas informed. "Of course the players are going to be a little down, but they are ready to get back out on the field. The coaches said that they had 51 days of people telling them that they were the greatest team, and they fell in to the trap of believing it.

"That game was in the past and now it is time for us to turn that page and begin to build on the future."

The Scout.com three-star prospect enjoyed getting to hang out with his friend and former teammate, Steve Rehring.

"Steve was my host for the visit," Thomas stated. "He really showed me a good time. It was nice getting to hang out with him."

Thomas was may have been the most excited about the brand new facilities that he will get to enjoy as a member of the Buckeye family.

"I can not even begin to explain the facilities," Thomas exclaimed. "They are unbelievable. I took my father with me and he was amazed."

"They are going to have a 15,000 square foot weight room and a brand-new players lounge. They are also going to have a 450,000-dollar treadmill that is in a pool. It is going to be really good."

Thomas also had the chance to bond with some of the other recruits, and he is looking forward to continuing those relationships as a Buckeye.

"Oh yeah I had a great time hanging with those guys," Thomas began. "Eugene (Clifford) and I actually shared a ride home. I have known him for a long time."

"I also got to hang with Jermale Hines from Cleveland Glenville. That is my boy right there. I know that he is going to end up at Ohio State. We talked about being roommates. Nate Oliver was also there on an unofficial visit. Me, Eugene, Nate and Jermale all talked about rooming up together."

One thing is for sure. If the rest of the Buckeye players and recruits share an ounce of the enthusiasm that Solomon Thomas shows for the program then the future of the team is very bright indeed.

Thomas will be participating in the North-South game and then enrolling at Ohio State in time for the summer semester.


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