Online Now 1583

5-star plays piano with Mrs. Saban

Alabama's lone official visitor this weekend was Miami (Fla.) Booker T. Washington defensive end Chad Thomas. The 6-foot-5, 240-pound Miami commit made the trip to Tuscaloosa just days before National Signing Day.

Thomas will sign with his teammates at Booker T. Washington on Wednesday morning.

“On Friday, we just ate and got to see some of the workouts. My host was Tony Brown, but he had a track meet, so I was with Denzel Devall and a couple of the other players and they did a good job of showing me around," detailed Thomas.

"On Saturday, I don’t remember everything, but that was like my academics day stuff and watched another workout, went to the music school- it was mostly academics."

Sunday saw Thomas, who is a talented musician, head over to Nick Saban's house and play piano with Terry Saban.

"I went to coach Saban’s house and ate breakfast and I played piano with Mrs. Saban, then we drove to the school and talked a little bit and I left from the school. I had fun- she has some skills. We just put it together could make a show out of it."

While on campus at the Capstone, Thomas met with Saban and also spent time with area recruiter and fellow Miami native, Mario Cristobal.

“Coach Saban just talked to me about recruiting and how he could help me out in the future.

“Coach Cristobal, he kind of laid back since he has done most of the recruiting down here (in Miami). So he laid back and let the everybody else take control.”

Last week, Thomas received visits from both Saban and a large contingent of the Miami staff after returning from an official visit to Florida State. He maintains his commitment to Miami is strong and that he will sign with the Hurricanes on Wednesday.

“I am still committed to Miami and I am signing with them on Wednesday. I just wanted to get another experience.”

Thomas has a grade of 98 from 247Sports and ranks as the no. 26 overall prospect and no. 3 weakside defensive end according to the industry-generated 247Sports Composite.

Interview conducted by 247Sports National Recruiting Insider, Ryan Bartow.

Already have an account? Sign In