Louisville offers LB/DB Earnest Thomas

Orchard Lake St. Mary's (Mich.) safety/linebacker Earnest Thomas just raised his offer count to four, including one from Louisville, and is now looking to hit the road and possibly score a few more. What does the talented defender think about his offer from the Cardinals?

With a player like Earnest Thomas, sometimes questions can arise.

The 6'2, 195-lb Thomas is a big safety in high school and at that size, could be projected to linebacker in college. However, his aggressiveness and speed on film has given colleges confidence that he could play either position at the next level. That versatility along with his other attributes has earned him several scholarship offers. Already holding offers from Indiana and Illinois, he added two more recently.

"Louisville and Bowling Green both offered," he reported, "I'm going to try to visit both of them for a spring practice or spring game. I don't have a date set up for a visit to Louisville but I'm going to try to go to one of Bowling Green's spring practices."

Thomas is going to take a harder look at both schools and already likes what he hears from the Cardinals.

"My recruiter for Louisville is Coach (Brent) Guy the assistant coach. I had a lengthy conversation with him and Coach Nord Friday on the phone and heard some very good things. One thing that really stood out is them saying I could see playing time very early (without a doubt Freshman or Sophomore year)."

That visit to Louisville will come in the midst of several other visits Thomas will take in an effort to become more familiar with the schools who are recruiting him.

"I have a couple visits scheduled, one to Penn State and one to Illinois," he explained, "After discussing it with my mom we just felt it would be best that we took those visits to become better acquainted with the school and coaching staff of those programs and we felt it also would help us in making a decision and narrow it down a little since those schools are recruiting me very hard but I know I won't be able to get a grasp on everything there about unless I visit them."

The Nittany Lions are one team who has not offered Thomas yet, but he understands the process and because of that, still is looking hard at the school.

"I am very interested in Penn State and it seems like they are very interested in me as well, but I also know that they are not recruiting a very big class for 2010. I know the offer process might not be as fast as it has been with others but I have been getting very good feedback from them. I like the way the coaches have been recruiting me but I am also being patient and just hoping it works out for the best. Hopefully when I get down there and get more acquainted, that might switch things up."

As a junior, Thomas recorded 85 tackles (15 for loss), an interception and 10 sacks.


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