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Football Recruiting
Five-Star Defensive End Solomon Thomas Talks Ohio State
By Tony Gerdeman and Michael Chung

While the temperatures have dipped around the country, there are few topics hotter right now around Ohio State recruiting than Coppell, Texas defensive lineman Solomon Thomas. Thomas, a five-star strongside defensive end prospect, is coming off of a very productive week out at the Army All-American Bowl, including a game-high three tackles for loss in the all-star game itself.

Thomas earned raves throughout the practices, and was constantly involved in plays during the actual game. He appeared to be as college-ready as any defensive lineman on the field, and it is expected that whichever team ultimately lands him won't have to wait long to see him produce.

Ever in search of defensive linemen, Urban Meyer has set his sights on Thomas, and he and his staff are working hard to bring the 6-foot-3 256-pounder in. Even though Ohio State already has a very deep defensive line, as they are returning everybody from this year's team, impact players on the front four are something that a prospective championship team can never have enough of.

Currently, it has been reported that Stanford and Ohio State are the two schools battling for Thomas, with the Buckeyes trailing at this point. Thomas explained that he is still working with a top five.

“I don't really have a top two,” he said, adding that UCLA, Arkansas and Texas were also in the mix.

While he may still be working with a top five, the Buckeyes are clearly in the mix, and for plenty of reasons.

“I like Ohio State a lot,” he explained.

“I like Coach Vrabel. He's a really good coach and he's really good with his players. He just knows his stuff from playing in the league for 13 or however many years he was in there.”

Of course, when it comes to Ohio State, Urban Meyer is the true superstar, and he has clearly had an impact on Thomas's thought process.

“Coach Meyer is a great coach and they have a great program,” he said. “Their team is strong and they always win.”

Expect new Texas head coach Charlie Strong to get into the mix even before he gets settled in Austin. Speaking with The-Ozone prior to Strong's hiring, Thomas wasn't yet ready to dismiss Texas on the basis of an unknown head coach.

“I just gotta see who they get and how I mesh with their coaches,” he explained.

He did admit, however, to having a fondness for former head coach Mack Brown.

“I really can't say too much, but Mack Brown was a great coach,” he said.

“He's a legend. He's amazing with his players. All of his players loved him no matter what. I feel like they should have probably kept him. All of the stuff that he's done there for 16 years is unheard of.”

With just under four weeks until National Letter of Intent Day, Thomas will be taking official visits to Stanford, Ohio State and Arkansas in January, with the Buckeyes being his final stop. After that hectic tour is over, he is then slated to decide on NLOI Day, which is Wednesday, February 5.

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