Latarrius Thomas set to visit Louisville next week

3-star receiver prospect Latarrius Thomas of New Smyrna Beach (FL) High School told that he will visit the Louisville football complex during the coming days.

They seem to just keep coming. This summer has been a busy time for the Louisville coaching staff, as they have welcomed a number of the country's top prospects for unofficial visits.

Add New Smyrna Beach (FL) High School prospect Latarrius Thomas, better known as 'L.T.', to the list. The 6-foot-2, 205-pound receiver will begin a trip that will continue until next week.

"I'm going to Florida on Friday and then I go up to Louisville on Sunday," Thomas told "I'll get back home on Tuesday."

While he will essentially be making his first couple of unofficial visits of the year, L.T. will be checking to make sure that the basic fundamentals of each program equal what he has been told by the school's coaches to this point.

"Coach Levine has done a great job selling the Louisville program to me," Thomas said. "I want to check out the campus, all of the facilities and see how I get along with the coaches and players."

L.T., who suffered the loss of his mother two years ago, now lives with guardian Harold Cox, a former college and professional coach who now assists at New Smyrna Beach.

"He's done everything that we have asked of him," said Cox of Thomas' off season work. "He's the second strongest kid on the team. If he continues to work hard he will be in the NFL one day."

Thomas quickly admits that his current living situation has benefited his on the field ability immensely.

"It's beautiful," he said. "He has helped me a lot. I love it. I'm always a step ahead of everyone else. I have no excuse now."

Cox has also helped L.T. become more focused in the classroom.

"He's going to make it," Cox said of Thomas' academic standing. "He's taking a couple of summer courses, so he'll be okay. We were thinking that he may be able to (graduate) at the end of the year, but if he doesn't do that he'll run track at the school."

The physical receiver, who wasn't ready to claim a short list of favorites, will also be making upcoming trips to Clemson, Florida State and South Carolina, all of which have extended offers. Others such as Georgia, Maryland, Miami, Michigan State, Nebraska and Tennessee have also extended scholarship opportunities.

As a junior, Thomas had 36 receptions for 500 yards and eight touchdowns while being named First Team All-Conference and All-County.

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