June 8, 2006

DE Solomon Thomas has clear early favorite

It was only a matter of time before the successes of defensive ends Mario Williams and Manny Lawson in the NFL Draft would pay dividends for NC State.

Defensive end Solomon Thomas was a disruptive force for Lakota West High in West Chester, Ohio, as a junior. It is not often that an Ohio native would consider NC State.

"I have 16 offers overall, nine of them are in writing," Thomas said. "North Carolina State is at the top, I tell all the coaches that. Then it's Arizona State, Boston College, Illinois, Louisville and then probably Miami of Ohio. Tennessee and Virginia Tech really like me but I don't think they want to offer because I told them that the two schools I really wanted to offer were NC State and Arizona State."

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