Top Louisiana running back may visit Cardinals

Derron Thomas, one of the south's top running backs, is receiving offers from a number of the top programs in the country, including Louisville. ITV spoke with Thomas recently and received an idea of how the Cardinals stack up.

Following the impressive class of 2003, the Louisville coaching staff continues to strive to land some of the top players in the country by offering a higher probability of early playing time, frequent national television exposure, some of the top workout and academic facilities in the nation and more.

One such player is Derron Thomas of East St. John High School in New Orleans. He is one of the highest sought after all-purpose backs in the southeast region and has the offers to back up the claim.

Through three games this year, Thomas has rushed for over 350 yards and is averaging over 10 yards per carry. He has also pulled in 19 receptions for more than 200 yards. As a junior, the 6'0, 185-pound back received All-River Parish, All-Metro and All-State honors.

Colorado, Florida State, LSU, Oklahoma State, Louisville, Miami, Nebraska and Michigan are just a few among the many that have extended the talented running back a scholarship offer.

"I'm still open really," Thomas told ITV. "Nobody's out right now."

In addition to the offer from Louisville, Thomas informed ITV that he receives quite a bit of mail weekly from the Cardinal coaches and speaks with them regularly.

While Thomas hasn't ruled any program out, he is making decisions on where to use his upcoming official visits.

"I'm definately going to visit Michigan, Colorado, Florida State and Miami," said Thomas. "I'll choose from Nebraska, Louisville, LSU and Oklahoma State for my other visit."

Thomas also told ITV that a Louisville coach will be in to visit him in late October.

Adding a talented back such as Thomas to the Cardinals offense, alongside Parade All-American's Eric Shelton, Michael Bush and Montrell Jones, as well as others, would give Louisville one of the most dangerous and multi-threat offensive units in the nation.

So, could it happen?

With the continued rise of the Cardinal football program under head coach Bobby Petrino, as well as the further development of one of the nation's top backfields, it wouldn't surprise me.

Thomas currently holds a 3.4 GPA and is expected to be fully qualified to play as a freshman.


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