Stanford's 2014 recruiting class received a boost Wednesday when Solomon Thomas, one of the nation's top defensive end prospects, announced he would play for the Cardinal.

Thomas, from the Dallas suburb of Coppell, selected Stanford over Arkansas and UCLA. Rated a 5-star prospect by the Scout recruiting service, he made the announcement on ESPNU by pulling out a mini tree.

Thomas is one of the most-decorated recruits in a 20-player class that likely will be ranked among the top 15 in the nation and the best in the Pac-12.

Here's a look at Stanford's signees, as of Wednesday morning:

  • Terrence Alexander, CB, New Orleans, 5-10, 180 -- 3-star prospect picked Stanford over Notre Dame on signing day.

  • Joey Alfieri, ILB, Portland, 6-3, 230 -- Attended same high school (Jesuit) as ex-Cardinal FB/LB Owen Marecic.

  • Isaiah Brandt-Sims, QB/WR, Wenatchee, Wash., 5-11, 180 -- Versatile athlete who played running back in high school.

  • Jesse Burkett, OG/OT, St. Augustine, Fla., 6-4, 305 -- Reportedly had a scholarship offer from national champ Florida State.

  • Keller Chryst, QB, Palo Alto, 6-5, 228 -- Highest-rated quarterback to sign with Stanford since Andrew Luck in '08.

  • Denzel Franklin, S, Smyrna, 6-0, 195 -- Latest in pipeline from Atlanta area (includes David Yankey and Henry Anderson).

  • Reilly Gibbons, OT, Clearwater, Fla., 6-6, 302 -- Rated as the No. 15 tackle prospect nationally by ESPN.

  • A.T. Hall, G, Phoenix, 6-5, 295 -- Full name: Austin Todd Hall. Son of former 49er Travis Hall (2005 season).

  • Alijah Holder, CB, Oceanside, 6-2, 170 -- One of five defense backs in '14 class. Unit was highest priority.

  • Christian McCaffrey, RB, Castle Rock, Colo., 6-0, 200 -- State player of the year; scored 141 career touchdowns.

  • Daniel Marx, FB, Trabuco Canyon, 6-2, 240 -- Never heard of his hometown? It's next to Mission Viejo.

  • Alameen Murphy, CB, Ft. Washington, Md., 5-11, 180 -- Washington, D.C. suburbs becoming fertile ground for Cardinal.

  • Bobby Okereke, ILB, Santa Ana, 6-3, 215 -- Reportedly had scholarship offers from Oregon, Cal and USC.

  • Jordan Perez, LB, Carlsbad, 6-2, 210 -- Unless he adds 30 pounds of muscle, likely will play on the outside.

  • Harrison Phillips, DE, Omaha, 6-4, 258 -- State player of the year. Yes, he had an offer from Nebraska.

  • Dalton Schultz, TE, South Jordan, Utah, 6-6, 240 -- Rated No. 1 tight end nationally by ESPN and Scout; No. 3 by Rivals.

  • Brandon Simmons, S, Mansfield, Tex., 6-0, 180 -- The state's District 5A defensive player of the year.

  • Solomon Thomas, DE, Coppell, Tex., 6-3, 255 -- Top-rated Stanford signee ever from Lone Star State.

  • Casey Tucker, OT, Gilbert, Ariz., 6-6, 295 -- Grew up a few miles from starting left tackle Andrus Peat (Chandler).

  • Lane Veach, OLB, Chandler, Ariz., 6-6, 235 -- Needs to bulk up but has potential to be the sleeper of the class.