Latarrius Thomas (pronounced Luh-tear-ee-us) is the type of receiver that many coaching staffs will drool over. He's got excellent size, quality speed and a personality that could warm even the hardest heart. Thomas stands 6' 2" and weighs in at 196 pounds while reporting a 4.5 40-yard dash. He benches 365 pounds while squatting 315 pounds and power cleaning 270 pounds. During his junior campaign, he had 36 receptions for approximately 500 yards and eight touchdowns while being named First Team All-Conference and All-County.
He currently holds offers from Louisville, Nebraska, South Carolina, Florida, Temple and UCF while receiving heavy interest from Miami, Indiana, Tennessee, Auburn, Georgia Tech, Kentucky and Wake Forest. He currently claims no favorites being wide open to the process and plans to camp at South Carolina and Louisville with the possibility of some more later on down the line. He cites his strengths as his size, his ability to get quality yards after the catch, his good hands and his ability to run routes very well.
Thomas offers a lot to a potential school, that much is obvious in his size and abilities, so it comes as no surprise that the school that his hitting him the hardest is one known for their ability to chuck the football around. "Right now, it's Louisville. They're a good team. All the starters are seniors so I think they're looking to build a new receiving corps. They offered, came and visited, gave me calls, they're around a lot, sending me letters and camp brochures," said Thomas.
The Cardinals make no bones about needing quality receivers to make their system go, but another school requiring the same thing is the University of Nebraska, one year removed from implementing a new West Coast Offense system. Latarrius says that the Cornhuskers, too, are an interesting prospect. "I think Nebraska's a pretty strong team, they're building a nice foundation. I like they're switching to the pass and I definitely would consider going there," he said.
Thomas reports that Nebraska keeps up with their correspondence, but not only do they send letters to him, but also a coach he enjoyed upon first meeting him. "They send camp brochures, the printed mail, so at least you know they're interested. Coach Randy Jordan came to visit. I loved him, I haven't really got to talk to him at length, but he's always laughing," said Thomas. In looking at a potential school, Thomas isn't really tied to one idea or belief. Rather, a nice combination will suit him well. "I look at the coaching staff to see if they're stable. I don't want to go to a team where they have 18 solid receivers at one time. A good quarterback is important, a good overall record and a little bit of history," said Thomas. On the academic side, Thomas wants to study business so that after his playing days are done, he might open a chain of seafood restaurants.
While Thomas has no visits lined up officially yet, he has some idea as of where he wants to go. "I know I'm going to go to Louisville, South Carolina, Clemson, Georgia," he said. Would Thomas consider taking a trip to Lincoln? "Absolutely, I'll consider everybody," he said. Latarrius mentioned that quite a few schools have been out to observe his talents first hand such as Auburn, Tennessee, Nebraska, Miami, Florida, Florida State, South Carolina, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Tennessee, Temple, Kentucky and Wake Forest.