Coppell, Texas defensive end Solomon Thomas has long been thought to be leaning toward the Stanford Cardinal and he made it official on Wednesday, signing with Stanford. He took unofficial visits to Palo Alto and developed a strong relationship with David Shaw and the Stanford coaching staff over the course of the recruiting process. So it's not a huge surprise that he signed with the Cardinal.
"What drew me to Stanford were the people and the players," Thomas said after pulling out a tree on ESPNU. "They all have the same mindset. They want to get better as people."
Thomas, a 6-foot-3, 260-pound defensive end is ranked as the No. 37 player overall in the country and is the third highest-ranked strongside defensive end in the nation. He chose the Cardinal over Arkansas and UCLA.
"With Coach (David) Shaw, I developed an amazing relationship," Thomas said. "He's a real player's coach."
Thomas took an official visit to Stanford on Jan. 10 in between official visits to UCLA (Dec. 12) and Arkansas (Jan. 24). Thomas was a standout at the Army All-America Bowl. He is the highest ranking Texan to sign with Stanford in the history of Rivals.com, and joins fellow Cardinal commitments Keller Chryst, Christian McCaffrey, and Casey Tucker in the Rivals100.