Two-school chase for Thomas?

As his Marietta (Ga.) Walton team prepared for the second round of the playoffs, heavily recruited defensive end Chase Thomas spoke with The Bootleg about the latest developments in his recruitment. The end could be in sight as his high school football season is winding down.

Marietta (Ga.) Walton High School 3-star defensive end Chase Thomas continues to name Stanford and Auburn as his leaders. As his team prepares for a second round playoff game on Friday, Thomas is weighing his options and plans to announce his college decision "hopefully by the end of the season."

With the benefit of a September official visit to Stanford and a planned weekend visit to Auburn, his plans may become clearer in the coming weeks as he gets a chance to compare his favorites. By all accounts, the visit to Stanford for the Oregon game made a strong impression on the 6'4" 210-pound pass rusher.

"It was great," Thomas affirms. "I had an awesome time, just to be able to see the campus for the first time and go to the stadium. It was a lot of fun."

Thomas was hosted on the visit by Cardinal cornerback/running back Corey Gatewood. Coupled with a long-standing recruitment spearheaded by Stanford running backs coach Willie Taggart, the positive visit experience showed Thomas a number of things he liked about Stanford.

"It's one of the most prestigious schools," he elaborates. "Academics. The campus is amazing. All of the coaches are really energetic and personable."

With the September visit behind him, Thomas began working on his application to attend Stanford. After submitting the application earlier this month, Thomas had to wait to hear back on the status of his Stanford admissions application. The strong student, who claims a 3.7 GPA and 1100 two-part SAT, now reports that he has received that word.

"I just found out a couple of days ago that I was accepted," Thomas reveals. With the admissions hurdle for one of his favorites cleared, Thomas can turn his attention to the end of his senior season of football and to choosing among his many college suitors.

As has been previously reported, Thomas boasts a stellar offer list that includes 20 major-conference programs and teams from five of the six BCS conferences. In addition to favorites Stanford and Auburn, the impressive list includes LSU, Tennessee, Florida, Boston College, Kentucky, and many others.

Ranked by Scout.com as the #56 defensive end in the nation, Thomas has been recruited nationally, from coast to coast, by a host of top programs interested in his pass rushing abilities. Through 11 games this season, he has racked up 67 tackles and 14 sacks.

"It's definitely a big part," Thomas says of his pass rushing skill. "It's probably the best thing about me. It's probably why so many colleges have been interested in me. Just to come in for third downs and stuff like that and get some pressure on the quarterback."

With his frame and proven pass rushing abilities, Thomas could conceivably fill a number of roles at the next level. In the case of Stanford's recruitment of him, he notes that a number of positions could be in his future.

"They said I could play multiple positions," Thomas relays. "Any linebacker or defensive end. The coaches tell me that I'm quick off the ball, that I've got good hands and awareness going at the quarterback quick."

Stay tuned to the Scout.com network for more on this exciting defensive prospect as his recruitment winds down.


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