Athletic 6-0, 183 Dennis Thames says that a school from the SEC East has jumped on board recently to give him more to think about in the coming weeks and months.
"Things are going fine," Thames tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I got an offer from Tennessee two days ago. I'm supposed to be taking a visit up there this weekend. That makes seven offers right now."
With Auburn, Michigan, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Southern Miss also on his list, Thames says he'll now begin to learn as much as possible about each of the schools to help him narrow down the field heading into his senior year. One of the schools he'll do that with is Auburn.
"I went to Auburn and they've got good facilities," Thames says. "I met a couple of the coaches and they were cool. That's about all I know about Auburn. Auburn is on my list."
The MVP of the state title game his junior season after accounting for all three of his team's touchdowns, Thames is a force on both sides of the football for Louisville. In 2007 he had over 1,600 yards of total offense and 19 touchdowns on offense, but it's on defense where most schools are wanting him to play. From his defensive back position he made 97 tackles with five interceptions and scored four defensive touchdowns.
The nephew of Detroit Tigers' outfielder Marcus Thames, he's also a force to be reckoned with on the diamond and that may factor into his college decision down the road. As a junior outfielder he hit .467 with five home runs and 28 RBI. He adds that if he has another big year on the diamond he may have a big decision to make.
"I would love to play both sports in college," Thames says. "If baseball can't fit in though I would focus on one sport. I think I could be a guy that gets drafted."
This summer Thames is focusing on his football future and says he plans to attend several camps before the 2008 season begins but he doesn't have them planned at this point.