L.T. Thomas Recruiting Update

New Smyrna Beach (FL) HS wide receiver L.T. Thomas continues to receive strong interest from six colleges.

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LT Thomas, rated Scout.com's 29th best wide receiver, continues to receive calls from several colleges.

"Florida, Louisville, Kentucky, Mississippi State, West Virginia and UCF are calling me," said the 6-2, 211-pounder. "South Carolina has kind of backed off."

The last time I talked to him he had scholarship offers from West Virginia, Mississippi State, Louisville, Tennessee, South Carolina, Kentucky and UCF. You can now add one more to the list.

"Florida has now offered," said LT.

And they are also in LT's top five.

"My top five are Mississippi State, Louisville, Florida, West Virginia and maybe Tennessee," he said.

One of those five has recently set up an official visit and the others are talking about visits

"I am going to Louisville on December the 10th," said LT. "I haven't set up any others, but I'm considering Mississippi State, West Virginia and Florida. The last spot is open."

LT and Andy Cox, LT's guardian, took an unofficial visit to Louisville this past summer. And the Petrino brothers made quite an impression.

"When we went in and sat down with (Louisville head coach) Bobby Petrino and his brother (Paul Petrino), they were quite impressive with what they do on offense and how they teach it," said Andy, " and what they are trying to get done. It was very, very organized and impressive to me."

Andy, a man who coached on the collegiate level for 21 years before taking a couple of years off to take care of his now-departed dad, knows exactly why so many coaches are after LT.

"My dad was a coach and I've coached college ball for 21 years," said Andy. "He's every bit as good as (former UCF DB and current New England Patriots DB) Asante Samuel was in high school. And Asante Samuel just got his second Super Bowl ring. If (LT) will work hard and stay healthy, he has an opportunity to be a pretty good football player."

Although he has strong feelings for LT, Andy's plans are to stay out of his recruiting as much as possible.

"I'm trying to stay away from the recruiting as much as I can because he's got to go live there," said Andy, who has friends at several of the colleges that LT is considering. "I don't want him to go somewhere because he knows I know somebody there. He's got to go live there and he's got to interact there. But it seems like I know people at the places he is going to visit very well. I have known (MSU offensive coordinator) Woody McCorvey for 20 years. I trust him and I trust (MSU's Director of Football Operations) Rockey Felker. Rockey was at Arkansas when I was there. I trust those two guys. If he decides to go there, then I know there are two guys that will call me if he's not doing right. He also knows that I know (assistant coach) Rick Stockstill at South Carolina and (assistant coach) Jeff Brohm at Louisville. I know Jeff Brohm because he was our quarterback for our XFL team. He's quite a good person."

And don't be surprised if having good people around him who he can trust will factor into LT's recruitment.

"His background is that nobody had really (cared) about him for 17 years," said Andy, a man who is dealing with his own battle against diabetes. " If you knew his background, you would shake his head. He's lived 5,000 different places and his mother is dead. He doesn't want anybody to give him something for nothing, but he's going to go some place where he can trust somebody."

Gene Swindoll is the publisher of the Dawgs' Bite, Powered by GenesPage.com website, the source for Mississippi State sports on Scout.com sports network. You can contact him by emailing swindoll@genespage.com.

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