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Sunday, December 8, 2013
Canes DE commit Thomas to take visits

By Derek Tyson

ORLANDO, Fla. -- ESPN 300 defensive end Chad Thomas (Miami/Booker T. Washington), a Miami verbal commitment since July, ended his high school career on Saturday night with a 40-21 victory over Jacksonville (Fla.) Bolles in the FHSAA class 4A state championship game.

The 6-foo-5, 240 pound defender said after the game he will likely take all five of his official visits before signing day on Feb. 5.

The No. 70 prospect in the country, who was visited by Alabama offensive line coach Mario Cristobal this past week, said the Crimson Tide will get one of his visits next month.

Chad Thomas
Chad Thomas (second from left) plans on taking some official visits, but he says he's still committed to Miami.
"I know in January, I have the UM visit and then the other ones,” he said, "I’ll go to Alabama, and I’m going to try to go LSU and probably Louisville. I’ll also go up to FSU.”

Thomas said he would just like to see what the other colleges have to offer.

"Every school that I’m still considering are great colleges,” Thomas said. "I’m committed to UM, I’m solid, but I want to see some stuff -- probably check out some more stuff and then we’ll see.”

Though he’s planning on taking these visits, he added that Miami fans need not worry about his commitment to the Canes.

"I’m 99.9 percent committed to Miami,” he said.

On the night, Thomas totaled five tackles, including a tackle for loss and also had a pass break up.