Clinton, Miss., High School safety LaMarques Thomas had never been to the University of Louisville campus prior to making his verbal commitment to the Cardinals' football program earlier this month.
So, when Thomas made his first visit last Thursday he said he was a bit nervous.
But that didn't last long. Thomas made his visit, watched the Cardinals' take on Clemson and then spent time on Friday with the U of L coaches and left with what he called as "an unreal feeling."
"The visit just confirmed that I made the right decision," Thomas told Cardinal Authority. "I felt like I fit right in and it's the place for me. I loved everything about it and can't wait to get back."
Thomas said the game atmosphere was "so good," and even with the loss he was impressed with the team and fans.
"The fans were in it 100 percent," Thomas said. "I enjoyed the game and the atmosphere. It was crazy because they were doing the (CardMarch) and the players and coaches were coming through and a couple of fans knew my name.
"I liked that and it really showed how much the fans love the team."
The 6-foot-1, 180-pound three-star prospect picked the Cardinals over Missouri, Mississippi State, Georgia, Mississippi and Memphis. He said he spent time with defensive backs coach Terrell Buckley, his primary recruiter, and met with head coach Bobby Petrino.
"Coach Buckley told me they love to play nickle and that's what I like," Thomas said. "They walk their safety down to lock him up with the slot. That's my style and that's what I like to do. So I'll fit right in."
While watching the game on Thursday, Thomas said he couldn't help but notice the Cardinals' played a lot of young players.
"They said I'll get an opportunity early and I can see that," he said. "They put a lot of young guys right in there."
Thomas said he would return in December for his official visit.