STANFORD, Calif. (AP) - Stanford already had one of the Pac-12's best recruiting classes lined up before high school players began sending in national letters of intent Wednesday.
The Cardinal added to that with a major surprise on signing day.
Riding the wave of a second straight conference championship, Stanford received a big boost when Solomon Thomas - one of the most sough-after defensive ends in the country - committed to the Cardinal. The 6-foot-3, 255-pounder from the Dallas suburb of Coppell selected Stanford over Arkansas and UCLA on national television by pulling out a small tree and putting on black ''nerd'' glasses with white tape over the bridge.
Thomas' decision put the finishing touches on a class that showed just how much the Stanford brand has expanded in coach David Shaw's first three seasons.