Thomas excited about Arizona

Leo Thomas

Defensive back Leo Thomas took an official to Arizona this past weekend. Read on to see how the visit went, how he fits in, and more.

After hosting 14 official visitors last weekend, Rich Rodriguez welcomed in eight more this weekend to Tucson to check out what The University of Arizona has to offer. Among them was San Antonio Sam Houston High School defensive back Leo Thomas, a commitment to the former staff who re-opened his recruitment following the firing of Mike Stoops.

Thomas decided to use one of his four remaining official visits to meet Rich Rodriguez and his new coaching staff and from all indications the trip was a big success.

"When I first got there I was amazed, it was really nice out there," Thomas said. "It was all things I had never seen before. The coaches are really cool, they know what they're doing. It was really nice out there.

"My favorite part was when we went out to the stadium. I had my eyes closed when I was walking down to the field and when I opened them it was bigger than what I was expecting. It was exciting because it's a place I can see myself making plays at. It was really nice, they're adding the new facilities. It was really cool, the people out there are really cool and getting to see how that coaches are was really exciting."

It was the first time that the 6-foot-3, 175-pound three-star prospect was able to meet Rodriguez face-to-face, who overcame an initial mishap to form a very positive impression.

"Coach Rodriguez knew who I was but he couldn't put my name and my face together," Thomas said. "When I met him it was the first time seeing me in person. He was walking around shaking everyone's hand and he asked me my name and I told him, ‘I'm Leo Thomas'.

"He got really excited and said he was happy I came out on the trip. He wants me to come in and play immediately. He's really cool, he was very excited about me coming and he told me I was the number one defensive back on his chart. He really likes my game a lot."

While the defensive scheme will change for the 2012 Arizona football team, Thomas sees no problem fitting in with Jeff Casteel and the 3-3-5 defense.

"The coaches said they can use me at safety or corner, whichever I prefer," Thomas said. "They basically said I can fit in anywhere on their defense defensive back wise. They think I'm a hell of a player and I think I fit in really, really good."

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