Richard Davenport is a recruiting columnist for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
Top DE impressed with Arkansas game atmosphere
Defensive end Solomon Thomas, a consensus four-star recruit, is one of Arkansas' top prospects for the class of 2014.
The Arkansas-Texas A&M game atmosphere has been praised by Aggie Coach Ken Sumlin and numerous recruits who attended the SEC contest.
A major Razorback target, highly sought defensive end Solomon Thomas was one of the prospects that came away impressed. He said the atmosphere was second only to the 2012 LSU- Alabama game in Baton Rouge.
"I had a fun and good visit to Arkansas," said Thomas, who had 89 tackles, 8.5 sacks and 18 quarterback hurries as a junior. "The D-line looked stellar and the atmosphere was second best I've ever been to. Had a great time."
Thomas, 6-3, 261, 4.7 seconds in the 40 yard dash, of Coppell, Texas is rated the No. 24 prospect in the nation by national recruiting analyst Tom Lemming of CBS Sports Network.
He was named the Dallas Morning News Player of the Week in the season opener against Longview. He recorded six tackles and three key sacks, in Coppell’s 32-24 victory.
Thomas, who's making an official visit to Stanford this weekend, was able to catch up with running backs coach Joel Thomas and defensive line coach Charlie Partridge.
"Talked with coach Thomas and Partridge and have a closer relationship," he said.
In addition to Saturday's trip, he's been to Fayetteville three different times to check out the Razorback program this year. Thomas' sister, Ella is an Arkansas student.
"Also got to see my sister," he said. "Overall a great visit."