McDonough (GA) Eagles Landing Christian Academy defensive end Justin Thomason holds at least 11 offers. He was expecting to narrow down his list of finalists last month, or even make a decision.
That was until a new group of offers, including one from Pitt, came along. Thomason wants to take some more time to look at a few schools, with Pitt being one of them.
"They were sending letters," Thomason said of Pitt. "(Defensive line) coach (Paul) Randolph came to one of our spring games. After I went through one of our practices, he went to my coach and offered right after practice."
Thomason adds that the contact with Randolph has been pretty good. He has hopes of getting up to Pittsburgh for a visit, to at least take a look at the campus and the facilities.
"I know they have a great philosophy, as in character-wise," Thomason said. "Coach Randolph talked about that. I'm either going in July, or taking an official visit there."
Academics will also play a role in his decision. Though he didn't get specific with Pitt's academics—something he wants to learn more about from their standpoint—he did talk about how much he values this area.
"First of all, I'm looking for academics, I guess that's where Vanderbilt stands," Thomason said. "Then, I'm looking at the conference, then how much playing time and the people I'll be playing against."
Thomason was at Tennessee last week, and feels the Vols are close to offering. He also mentioned the other schools he'd like to visit this summer.
In his junior season, Thomason finished with 70 tackles, nine sacks, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries. He earned all-region and was an honorable mention all-state selection. There's still a chance he could make a decision at the end of the summer, but now feels that decision will come after his senior season.