Cards in front for Latarrius Thomas?

Recently upgraded to a 4-star prospect, L.T. currently has three official visits set, including a trip to Louisville later this fall. Does the two-way standout have a team in front? has more on the impressive New Smyrna Beach (FL) High School product.

New Smyrna Beach (FL) High School receiver/cornerback Latarrius Thomas, who prefers to be known as 'L.T.', was recently upgraded from a 3-star to a 4-star prospect by and is now ranked among the nation's top 30 receivers.

Last weekend, with U of L assistant coach Tony Levine in the stands, Thomas helped lead his to a win with a second half 99-yard punt return, while also playing well on both sides of the ball.

"Coach Levine from Louisville was there in the second half and saw his punt return, but what he didn't see was his 90-yard kick off return in the first half," said Thomas' guardian Andy Cox. (Click here for more on the unique relationship between Thomas and Cox)

That type of performance isn't rare for the 6-foot-3, 210-pound Thomas, who has watched interest continue to grow since the start of his senior season. His offer list is impressive. In addition to Louisville's offer, Thomas holds invitations from Clemson, Florida State, Miami, Mississippi State, Nebraska, South Carolina, Tennessee and others.

While Thomas, who made an unofficial visit to U of L in late July, has told Inside The Ville that he plans to wait until after football season before making a decision, he has started the process of scheduling official visits.

"He has three visits set," Cox said. "He's going to Louisville, Mississippi State and South Carolina. Coach Levine wants him to come up there Thanksgiving weekend, but we might change it for a different date. He wants to see what the campus is like when the students are there. They were off for summer last time he was there."

Thomas adjusted his favorites following a recent unofficial visit to Florida for their game against Tennessee.

"He took Tennessee off his list," Cox explained. "He replaced them with Mississippi State because he decided that he wanted to play for a coach that has been in the NFL."

Cox further explained that U of L head coach Bobby Petrino's experience with Jacksonville Jaguars, as well the relationship built with Tony Levine, has helped the program's chances with the First Team All-County performer of a year ago.

"He went to the game [at South Florida] and even as bad as Louisville played, I think that if he had to do it now that he'd go to Louisville," he said. "He has a great relationship with coach Levine. He knows things would change once he starts practice, but he really enjoys him as a person."

He also said that U of L offensive coordinator/receivers coach Paul Petrino impressed the senior during his unofficial visit.

"Paul Petrino did a heck of a job with him in the meeting room," he continued. "He's one of the best receiver coaches that there is and [Latarrius] really enjoyed that."

Thomas recently joined his school weight lifting team, where he is expected to compete for the state title. He is also considering joining the track team to make a run for the state crown in the triple-jump and 200 meters.

COMMENT: L.T. has to be right at the top of the Louisville coaching staff's want list. He can and will excel on the college level at either receiver or safety. As an assistant for one major football program told him, "he can be a difference maker at safety." With definite All-American potential, L.T. - who I believe is still underrated - could be the Michael Bush, Brian Brohm, Brian Roche or Earl Heyman of this recruiting class. He has the ability to play as a true freshman for any top ten program.

ScoutTV: WR/CB Latarrius Thomas

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