Stanford defensive end Solomon Thomas is set to go pro.
On Wednesday afternoon, Thomas announced his decision to forgo his final two years of eligibility to declare for the 2017 NFL Draft. Thomas made his announcement in a letter to the Cardinal fan base.
Since pulling out a symbolic Stanford tree and donning nerd glasses on National Signing Day in 2014, I have had the most amazing time of my life. I have grown and matured more than I ever could have imagined. I arrived at Stanford somewhat shy and uncertain; now I stand a curious, intelligent, dedicated, and motivated man who is ready to take on any challenge, including the NFL. With the support of my family, I have decided to forgo my last years of eligibility at Stanford and enter the 2017 NFL Draft.
To my Stanford brothers, you all mean the world to me and I love you all. You each helped mold me into a better man. From laughing in the locker room, to sweating in the weight room, to grinding on the field — you are the reason I have loved every second of my time here. Our collective goal to not only be the best team, but also the best individuals, connects us on another level. You are all men I look up to as role models and aspire to be like. We have a special bond at Stanford, one that I am so proud to be a part of. I’m so lucky to have you as brothers: this is the most amazing blessing in my life.
Thomas’ heartfelt statement also included personal thanks to specific members of the Stanford coaching staff.
In 2016, Thomas led Stanford in tackles (62), tackles for loss (15) and sacks (eight). The 6-foot-3, 273-pounder was a first-team All-Pac 12 selection and second-team All-American.
Thomas is currently projected to be selected in the first-round of April’s draft.
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