While Privott is considered one of the top prospects in Virginia this year, Thomas led Ocean Lakes in tackles as a junior, earning All-District honors.
"(Louisville) has obviously been the most aggressive," Ocean Lakes assistant Chris Scott said. "Coach (Eric) Lewis has done a great job with him so far and got in and got a chance to meet him. They loved his physique as all the schools have but they've been the most aggressive. After they saw his film they (offered) and saw that he fit their framework for what they're looking for. They decided to jump on him before these other schools did."
Besides Louisville, Thomas holds offers from Kent State, Akron, George Mason and James Madison. But several BCS programs have been sniffing around and West Virginia, Virginia Tech and Penn State have invited him to attend their camp this summer.
"West Virginia, Virginia Tech and Penn State are interested in him," Scott said. "He's very high on some of those big schools boards but Louisville's been the first one to get in which I think is good for Louisville because they've kind of got the (upper hand) with some of these other schools with them being the first one to (offer) him."
"They're starting to pull off because they're starting to see bigger schools get (involved)," Scott said of the smaller schools who have offered Thomas.
While Scott has the size and speed to play multiple positions, most schools are looking at him as a defensive back, either at corner or safety, though East Carolina is recruiting him as a running back. Louisville is recruiting Thomas as a safety, according to Scott.
"He'll be our top player this year," Scott said. "He's got amazing explosion. He's broad jumped 10'10, which is off the charts. He's a 4.4 speed guy. He does everything for us from playing corner to outside linebacker, free safety, running back and wide receiver and he can do it all. He's a leader for us on and off the field and he doesn't miss a workout."
Scott said Thomas maintains a 2.7 grade point average. "His grades are pretty solid," said Scott.