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Norcross, Ga., forward Lance Thomas made an official visit to Louisville over the weekend; he'll visit USC next and then make a pick

Norcross, Ga., forward Lance Thomas made an official visit to the University Louisville over the weekend. Thomas recaps the visit and says he will visit USC next and then make his decision.

Lance Thomas has a plan for when he'll make a decision on a college and will stick to it.

Thomas, who just finished up his official visit to the University of Louisville this weekend, said the Cardinals' visit "felt like home" but he isn't ready to make a decision until his final visit.

"I really feel like it was just like a home away from home," Thomas said. "I liked it a lot. I got some clarity on a few things I wanted to know from coach (Rick) Pitino and I really like how he runs his program."

The 6-foot-10 four-star prospect will make his fourth - and final visit to USC beginning on Friday. He has also visited Florida and Miami and said his decision is going to be the "toughest one of my life so far."

"I like them all a lot," he said. "It will (come down too) playing style, relationship with the staff and players and just the right fit for me. I want to go somewhere that I feel very comfortable."

Thomas said Pitino and assistant coach Kenny Johnson have done a "really great" job of building a relationship with him in the recruiting process. But he wanted to see Pitino with his players and how he was away from basketball.

"I know what Rick Pitino can do for me basketball wise," Thomas said. "I went in looking forward to seeing how he was with his players as individuals and I really liked what I saw form him.

"He's a great coach and his players love him. I really liked Louisville a lot, just walking around and it's one big community and the people there are so nice. Like I said, it was a great visit."

Louisville jumped in on Thomas during the summer, offering him a scholarship after a weekend showing in Augusta, Ga. Pitino and staff have quickly caught up with the other schools and Thomas put them in his final four and schedule the official visit over a month ago noting, the Cardinals' staff "have really been honest and really made up ground."

Thomas ranks as the No. 16 power forward in the 2017 recruiting class. 


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