Chad Simmons

Miami-Based Defensive Back, Donelle Thomas, Has 'Real Good' Official Visit to the University of South Florida

Miami (Fla.) Carol City safety, Donelle Thomas, dishes out the latest after a "real good" official visit with Charlie Strong and the South Florida Bulls.

Two of Miami (Fla.) Carol City's finest made the near four-hour drive up to Tampa Bay to officially visit the South Florida Bulls this past weekend, with one of those prospects being Donelle Thomas, a safety that's registered close to 20 Division I offers over the course of his prep career.

Thomas, 5-foot-11, 180 pounds, is also equipped with Power Five offers from South CarolinaSyracuse and Indiana.

"They were great," Thomas said. "The team wants to win; everybody is locked in on the same page. Coach Strong is a great coach and USF has a great future. We visited all around the campus.

"I enjoyed my visit real good."

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If Thomas opts to stay in-state by teaming up with the Bulls, Strong's staff doesn't envision him taking a backseat and redshirting during his initial year on campus.

"(Defensive backs) coach (Corey) Bell and (quarterbacks) coach (Shaun) King are some great coaches," Thomas said. "I talked to them about my future, and they said I have an opportunity to come play early and win."

Thomas says he was also provided with that home-like feel when strolling through Tampa Bay and USF's campus.

"I liked the area a lot and I loved the campus," Thomas said. "It's not too much, but at the same time it's not too small.

"It felt comfortable."

The Miami-Dade native isn't quite ready to serve up a clear-cut leader in his recruitment, but the Bulls are certainly within striking distance with National Signing Day only eight days away.

"No, but they (USF) are in the top," Thomas said when asked if he had a leader.

Thomas officially visited Colorado State back on Jan. 13, and is in the midst of deciding on his final visit destination starting on Jan. 27.

As always, stay tuned to Scout.

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