Solomon Thomas of Coppell High School in Coppell, TX, has been selected to play in the 2014 U.S. Army All-American Bowl, joining an elite group of All-Americans. Those selected will play in the game on Saturday, January 4, 2014, at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.
The annual East vs. West match-up will be televised live on NBC at 1:00 p.m. EST and will feature the nation’s top 90 high school football players.
“Thomas is a talented athlete whose leadership and teamwork qualities have made him a standout at Coppell High School,” said Mark Davis, deputy assistant Secretary of the Army for Marketing. “Only the strongest wear the Army colors, and are proud to welcome all of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl players and commend each of them on their selection.”
Thomas, a 6-foot-4, 260-pounder is rated as a Scout.com five-star prospect, the No. 5 defensive end nationally.
"He is tough against the run, but also has the ability to get after the quarterback and wreak some havoc in the backfield," Scout.com National Recruiting Analyst Greg Powers informed.
"He has the frame to possibly grow out of the defensive end position after a few years in a college strength and conditioning program, but has the athleticism to stick as a strongside end with a great burst and change of direction. He uses his hands well to manipulate offensive linemen and make plays against the run."
He has not yet made his college commitment and is still considering schools like Stanford, Arkansas, Alabama, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Texas and Oklahoma.
For more than 13 years, the U.S. Army All-American Bowl has been the nation’s premier high school football game, serving as the preeminent launching pad for America’s future college and NFL stars. Adrian Peterson and Andrew Luck made their national debuts as U.S. Army All-Americans.