Latarrius Thomas makes surprise commitment

A growing relationship with recent Louisville commit Johnny Patrick played a role in the earlier than expected commitment by four-star receiver Latarrius 'L.T.' Thomas

A budding relationship with recent Louisville commit Johnny Patrick has appeared to have played a role in New Smyrna Beach (Fla.) High School receiver Latarrius Thomas' college decision.

Thomas and Patrick, who have faced each other on the field, are spending the week in Ocala, Florida practicing for this weekend's North-South All-Star game and the growing relationship appears to have made a difference.

"I'm down here with him now," Thomas told on Tuesday. "We called the Louisville coaches on Monday night and I committed."

Thomas' commitment comes on the heals of his December 9th official visit, a trip that spiked the four-star prospect's interest in the Cardinal program.

"My interest in Louisville has increased dramatically since my visit," he said following his return trip home.

His interest changed to excitement following his decision to join the rapidly growing list of verbal pledges for the Gator Bowl-bound Cardinals.

"I'm real excited about it," he explained. "It just feels like the right place for me."

With official trips to Mississippi State, South Carolina and West Virginia remaining, the commitment by Thomas came as a surprise to his guardian Andy Cox, when contacted for comments on L.T.'s decision.

"Coach Levine called me [Monday] night and told me that Latarrius had called him and committed, so I guess he's going to Louisville," Cox told ITV. "When he gets home on Sunday we will sit down and talk about it. He's going to have to call the coaches at the school's that he was supposed to visit and tell them that he's not coming."

Thomas becomes the 16th known verbal commitment for Bobby Petrino's coaching staff and the eighth player to do so in less than a week. Stay logged on to for more on Thomas' decision, as well as his performance in Friday's Florida Athletic Coaches Association North-South All-Star game.

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