Irish Hanging In With Thomas

Carlton Thomas from Frostproof High School (Fla.) is one of the few prospects that Notre Dame is still considering for their 2009 recruiting class. The way the season has started for the Irish, they're actually lucky that Thomas is still considering the Irish.

Carlton Thomas was on hand for Notre Dame's opening loss to Georgia Tech. Despite the struggles of the Notre Dame offense, Thomas had a very good official.

"I had a great time. It was a tough time to take a visit, but the guys all responded well," Thomas responded when asked about his official visit to Notre Dame. "The campus was amazing. The coaches were nice and the fans were great with all the support. It was really great visit.

"I felt the pregame was great. The fans were all out and showing what a great atmosphere they had. They got it going good during warm-ups. The excitement and the atmosphere were great. It was awesome all around. No matter what happened the fans were supporting them."

Like the fans, Thomas was hoping to see the team have more success on the field, but he understands that it may take the Irish a few games to get their feet.

"It's a young team," Thomas acknowledged. "There were a lot of freshmen playing out there. That's not a bad thing at all, because I want to start or play my freshmen year. I know that they're a young team and that they're going to go through the ups and the downs. That's just part of being a young team. I want to see them improve every week. They'll end up going on one of those streaks where they're beating good teams.

"Something that really impressed me is after the game I got to go into the locker room. Everyone was getting cleaned up and getting ready to leave and it was amazing. Usually after a big loss people are down and pointing the finger at someone, but none of the guys were doing it. They lost, but everyone was still behind each other and it was still a family atmosphere. There wasn't any bad behavior or anything like that. That's something that really made an impression on me. It showed me a lot about the team, the coaches and what type of program it is."

Thomas stayed until Sunday, where he had a chance to look into the academic side of Notre Dame.

"I already knew what type of academic school that Notre Dame was, but the visit just reassured me," Thomas said. "They have great programs and there are a lot of different things that you can get into. At Notre Dame you're getting the best of the best. You're getting a great football program and a great education."

With one official visit out of the way, Thomas will look into scheduling the remainder of his visits.

"I'm going to take a couple more official visits to West Virginia, Iowa, Clemson and Georgia," Thomas said. "Then I'll sit down and try to make my decision. Notre Dame is still No.1 on my list though. I know you're going to lose some games and I'm not going to hold that against them. I just like what the coaches are doing with the team and I think they're moving in the right direction. They'll get it together by the time that I get there, I'll add what I have and then they'd really have something."


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