Posted by Bryan Fischer
Rich Rodriguez has always been a coach who has recruited nationally and he's bringing the same philosophy to his new job at Arizona. After picking up a commitment from Florida on Monday, he added another out-of-state player on Tuesday in San Antonio (Texas) defensive back Leo Thomas.
“The visit was really nice out there,” Thomas told WildcatAuthority.com. “I liked everything about Arizona. When I first got there, the campus was beautiful and the coaching staff from Rodriguez to (Tony) Gibson told me how much I would like it there and it was a good environment.”
The 6-foot-3, 175-pound safety was recruited by Mike Stoops and had committed to the previous staff but opened things up and held offers from schools such as Colorado, Illinois and Utah. A recent official visit over the weekend was chance to see Tuscon and get to know the program better, all that was needed to make Thomas feel comfortable enough to pull the trigger and commit.
“I just wanted to go back home and talk it over with my family,” he said. “When I got on the campus I closed my eyes and then opened them and everything just stood out to me and I felt like I fit. I can come right in and play. I just have to do what I do and keep working hard.”
Thomas gives Arizona 17 commitments for the class of 2012 and is the second from San Antonio.