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Monday, January 20, 2014
Top 5 now a top 3 for ESPN 300 DE

By Damon Sayles

The father of ESPN 300 defensive end Solomon Thomas (Coppell, Texas/Coppell) said two schools have been eliminated from contention as national signing day rapidly approaches.

Chris Thomas said Texas and Ohio State are no longer being considered for his son, the No. 25 player in the ESPN 300 and the fourth-ranked defensive end in the country. The elder Thomas said that -- in alphabetical order -- Arkansas, Stanford and UCLA are now the three finalists.

Chris Thomas said he contacted both Texas head coach Charlie Strong and Ohio State defensive coordinator Chris Ash to inform them that the schools were out of the running “based on academic, social and athletic elements.” Ohio State, in addition, will not receive its Jan. 31 official visit with the 6-foot-3, 256-pound defensive end. Texas never had an official visit scheduled.

Stanford and UCLA both have excellent academic reputations, but what many don’t know, Chris Thomas said, is that Arkansas has one of the top business schools in the country. Solomon Thomas, who will travel to Fayetteville, Ark., for an official visit this weekend, is planning on majoring in business with an emphasis in entrepreneurship.

Additionally, if Thomas chooses Arkansas on Feb. 5, he will be attending school with his older sister Ella, who is in her third year at Arkansas.

Thomas made an official visit to UCLA the weekend of Dec. 13. He took an official visit to Stanford the weekend of Jan. 10.