Daniel Thomas received an offer from Auburn on National Signing Day and capitalized on it shortly thereafter.
In the end, the three-star safety from Montgomery, Ala., spurned South Carolina, North Carolina and Minnesota, among others, for Auburn.
It was a last-minute decision for Thomas, who walked away from an unofficial visit to The Plains without a scholarship offer three days before signing day. Thomas touched on the recruitment process in a recent interview with SEC Country.
What school came in second? What could they have done a little better? “Minnesota. I loved everything about it. Just be closer to home.”
What was the biggest rumor about you that wasn’t true? “I wasn’t going to receive an offer from Auburn.” (Note: Thomas visited the Tigers just before signing day. He was extended an offer on Feb. 3)
Which school disappointed you the most during recruiting? “No one, really.”
Which college would you have considered more seriously if they had offered you earlier in the process? “Clemson. They have a great program.”
If you could give a junior only one piece of advice about the recruiting process, what would it be? “Just take your time.”
What was your biggest regret during the recruiting process? “Not having earlier offers like I should have.”
Which coach that you didn’t sign with was the hardest to say no to? “Gene Chizik. He was the most honest (coach).”
If you were in charge of the NCAA, what’s the one rule you would change with recruiting? “People trying to lie to coaches, saying they’re coming and don’t come. Then they hold up other players.”