Louisville leads for Shamarko Thomas

Louisville already has a commitment from Virginia standout Mike Privott. Another Virginia standout, Virginia Beach safety Shamarko Thomas, is strongly considering following Privott to play for the Cardinals.

Thomas, a speedy 5-foot-10, 195-pound defensive back, made 77 tackles and three interceptions as a junior. Louisville has been very aggressive in their recruitment of Thomas and the Cardinals were the first BCS program to come through with an offer. Thomas plans to visit Louisville this fall and says the Cards are currently the team to beat for his services.

"I've gotten a few offers from Kent State, Louisville and Marshall," said Thomas, who runs a 4.4 forty yard dash. "I'm planning to take official visits to Louisville and Marshall. Those are my two favorites right now but Louisville is my favorite."

Thomas is being recruited by Louisville assistant Eric Lewis, who has made some in-roads in Virginia since joining Ron English's staff after a stint with the Green Bay Packers. Thomas says he stays in contact with Lewis on a frequent basis, especially through email.

"Louisville, I've watched them on TV and I like how they play," said Thomas. "I like their fans and everything about their program."

Thomas said he likes Marshall's tradition.

"I like Marshall's history and what happened there back in the day with what they've been through and how they've come together as a family," Thomas said.

Thomas said he'll wait until after the season to make his decision. While Louisville and Marshall have the advantage at the moment, Thomas is waiting to see whether ACC programs like Virginia and Virginia Tech are going to offer. Thomas camped at both programs this summer and said both schools are talking about an offer.

"I've been to UVA's and Virginia Tech's camps," Thomas said. "They were great and helped me out a lot. They're talking about offering me. Virginia Tech is a great school but Louisville is a good school too."

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