Thomas Signs with the Orange

Jonathan Thomas was recruited by Syracuse hard, especially late in the process. He verbally committed last weekend and signed on national signing day. He discusses his decision with inside.

Syracuse landed a big commitment from Suwanee (Ga.) Collins Hills linebacker Jonathan Thomas over the weekend. He knew right away that it was the right place for him.

"I just loved my visit," Thomas said. "As soon as I got off the plane, I had a chance to meet with the coaching staff. I just fell in love with the place. It was really the whole thing. That Sunday morning I just sat there and thought about it. This was the place for me. This was where I wanted to be."

When he made his decision, it was one his parents were on board with. In fact, his parents were hoping that Syracuse would be the school the three-star linebacker would select.

"My parents were happy," Thomas said. "They loved the school. That's where they wanted me to go. They were definitely on board with that."

Not only were Thomas' parents excited, but so were the Syracuse coaches.

"They were jumping for joy," Thomas said. "They were really happy. I think they were happier than I was. It was good though."

During the trip, one part that stood out was watching Syracuse and Duke battle inside the Carrier Dome.

"Oh my goodness, that was crazy," Thomas said. "I didn't know how good college basketball would be, to be honest. But I loved it. It was just crazy. The place wasn't even full it was packed in though. I can imagine the whole stadium filled up for football and how crazy that would be."

Thomas said the recruits also ate like royalty on the trip. He didn't mind.

"Oh my, yes," Thomas said. "They just kept feeding us. They kept feeding us. I loved it. I love to eat so it was a good time. Dinosaur was good. Everywhere we ate, I loved it."

Now, Thomas has officially signed with the Orange. He can't wait to start his career as part of the football program.

"It's a special moment," Thomas said. "I didn't think I would achieve everything I achieved. Playing football and the drama with being recruited, I've been blessed to go to a school like Syracuse."

Thomas added that he is in good standing academically and on pace to qualify.

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