Lance Thomas visiting U of L this weekend?

McDonald's All-American Lance Thomas is perhaps the best unsigned senior in the country. Duke and Rutgers have been at the top of the list for the 6-9 forward for several months, but Louisville might be making a late push. Will Thomas make an official visit to Louisville? Can the Cardinals come up with a spring signing coup? has the latest.

If Louisville-bound Derrick Caracter is correct, Rick Pitino and the Cardinals could be hosting one of the nation's top unsigned big men on an official visit this weekend.

There's been quite a bit of speculation recently that Louisville was trying to make a move to sign Lance Thomas, a 6-9 McDonald's All-America forward from New Jersey, during the spring signing period. According to Caracter, a close friend of Thomas', the wiry athlete will be paying the Cardinals a recruiting visit this weekend.

"We're trying to get him right now," Caracter said before his team's practice for Saturday night's adidas Kentucky Derby Festival Basketball Classic. "I actually talked to him yesterday. He said he's going to come down here and take his official (visit), but I'm not sure if he's allowed to come to the game – there's some weird (rule) about it."

The spring signing period began Wednesday, and theoretically, Thomas could sign a national letter of intent at any time. Thomas recently stated that Duke and Rutgers headed his list, but told Evan Daniels last weekend in Chicago that the Cardinals were lurking in the "shadows."

Thomas could not be reached for comment Thursday evening. According to his mother, Thomas and his father left town Thursday afternoon and will be gone this weekend on what she termed a "family visit." Mrs. Thomas declined to confirm or deny if her son was making an official visit to Louisville. However, she did confirm that he wouldn't return home until later this weekend. According to NCAA rules, schools can host prospects on official visits for 48 hours.

Edgar Sosa said he's hoping Thomas will join him and Caracter next season at U of L.

"I talked to Lance a couple weeks ago," Sosa said. "We're trying to get him down to Louisville and see what he thinks, but he said he doesn't want to be in Derrick's shadow. So I don't know if he's really going to come."

Thomas is rated the No. 19 prospect nationally by

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