May 5, 2013

Thomas eyes Baylor

Solomon Thomas knows he can wait because he probably knows everybody is going to wait for him.

Rivals No. 28 prospect remains in the storm of the recruiting season as programs from across the country visit Coppell on a regular basis. Every school is making its case including Baylor.

Defensive coordinator Phil Bennett and linebackers coach Jim Gush came by last week to reaffirm the Bears' interest. And there generally seems to be interest coming back.

"Baylor is definitely a program I'm watching,'' Thomas said. "I have interest in them. I didn't get to talk too long with the coaches because there were some other coaches there. But it was fine. What I notice is that you can tell they have a lot of excitement coaching their players. That's pretty important.''

Thomas' spring tour included trips to Arkansas, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma and Texas A&M. Regarded as the No. 3 strong side defensive end, Thomas did not make it to Baylor but plans to include Waco on his list of summer trips. Those also include Alabama, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Oregon when he's at The Opening competition in June.

Thomas (6-3, 255) already visited Baylor as a sophomore and learned a lot about Baylor's educational support program for student-athletes.

"Their tutoring situation is really cool because they're going to give you everything you need to stay on top of your classes,'' Thomas said. "But I know that if you're struggling in something, there are going to be certain things that you can't do with the team.''

While the attention is constant, he said he is remaining consistent to his plan that he will not commit to any school until after the 2013 season when he has taken his five official visits. He said he doesn't have a top 5 or top 10. He wants the summer trip to help him gather more information. Thomas may plan on narrowing his choices after the summer.

It may seem like the football field is nice release from all of the tension and the pressure. Coppell is in the spring football workouts. Thomas said he's trying to improve on his first step and get his pad level to a point where he can consistently win at the point of contact.

Baylor's defensive reputation may be changing based on the way it played in the final seven games and landing such notable prospects at Javonte Magee and Andrew Billings.

"It definitely doesn't matter what kind of defense the school has been playing,'' Thomas said. "If I can see where I have a chance to help then that will make a difference for me.''

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