Solomon Thomas, a 6-foot-4, 260-pound defensive end from Coppell (Texas) High came to play on Friday night. Taking on a senior leadership role he stepped up to the plate delivering three big sacks along the way.
“It was very exciting,” Thomas answered when it was pointed out he had racked up a third of sack total from one year ago in the first game. “We just went out there and worked.”
“We just never gave up. We kept it positive on the sidelines. We tried to not keep it emotional. We just were ready to go, because we knew we were going to win.”
Thomas made a number of athletic plays on defense, but with his team trailing 19-24 late in the fourth quarter and with possession of the ball inside the five-yard line, they trotted him on the field at tight end, where he delivered a huge block to open up a touchdown lane.
Coppell grabbed a 25-24 lead, which it did not relinquish.
“I was just going to smash the guy in front of me,” Thomas said with a smile.
In the off-season Thomas was one of the more popularized recruits in the country, getting invited to major camps like The Opening. But he is not a player who is looking to bask in the limelight of his recruitment.
He is the team first type.
“My team is everything to me,” Thomas stated. “I could care less about those camps. I learned some at them and became a better person, but I am working hard for my team.”
Thomas is rated as the No. 32 player in the country, the No. 5 defensive end. He is a Scout.com four-star.
On the recruiting front, Thomas is reportedly down to around five-six schools or so with Alabama, Arkansas, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Stanford and Texas in the mix. He is set to attend a visit to Stanford on October, 5. Stanford plays Washington.
As a junior in 2012, Thomas won 5-5A District MVP honors, racking up 89 tackles and 8.5 sacks.