It took until the last day of the 2017 recruiting cycle, but Nebraska got its final answer from longtime commit Guy Thomas.
Despite heavy interest from other programs, Thomas signed his national letter of intent with Nebraska on Wednesday, officially making him a member of the Huskers’ 2017 class — and an important one too.
Thomas is the only defensive end in line coach John Parrella’s first recruiting class at Nebraska. And even though Thomas had been committed since August, it took plenty of work to ensure Thomas didn’t head elsewhere.
Thomas had never visited Nebraska at the time he committed over the summer. It would take another five months — on the weekend of Jan. 13 — before Thomas would set foot in Lincoln. The Huskers hoped that visit would solidify his commitment and he’d cancel visits he had scheduled for the remaining two weeks.
But Thomas took those visits anyway — to Pitt on Jan. 20 and Louisville on Jan. 27 — leaving Husker fans anxious about his final decision. But Thomas put an end to those concerns when he sent the Nebraska coaches his letter of intent Wednesday.
Thomas joins two defensive tackles in NU’s 2017 class, and the Huskers are expected to get a third later in Damion Daniels. He’s a three-star prospect on 247Sports and Scout and a four-star on Rivals and ESPN. The 247Sports composite pegs him as the nation’s No. 25 weakside defensive end.
“He’s relentless, if I had to use a word,” said Nitron Stark, his defensive coordinator at Booker T. Washington High School. “Relentless in his work ethic, relentless in the classroom, relentless. When he came over here, we had to give him some tough love like we do, teach him some technique, but he’s a hard worker.”
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