Thomas Not Doubting Ohio State

Ohio State fans can breathe at least a small sigh of relief. After taking an unofficial visit to Florida during the weekend, Lamaar Thomas opens up about how his trip compared to his most recent one to OSU, where the Buckeyes stand in relation to the Gators and what could be coming next in his recruitment.

With all the recent success Florida has enjoyed at the hands of Ohio State, fans of the Buckeyes can be excused for doing a little hand-wringing after Lamaar Thomas took an unofficial trip to see the Gators this weekend.

Nine words from the speedy prospect out of Fort Washington (Md.) Friendly should give them some reassurance, however.

"Ohio State's still at the top of my list," he told BuckeyeSports.com.

Thomas, a tailback who is being courted as a wide receiver in college, went down to Gainesville for the Gators' annual Friday Night Lights during the July 20-22 weekend. The trip came less than one month after an unofficial visit he took to Columbus that ratcheted the Buckeyes up his list.

While he spoke glowingly of his experience at OSU, he was more tempered this time around when speaking of the Gators.

"As far as competition level, I'd say the more competition was at Florida for Friday Night Lights, but as far as the way the camp was run, I like the way Ohio State's camp was run better," he said. "I just felt that (OSU's camp) was very organized. Everything was on time: You went from here to here and I just felt it was real organized."

Thomas' trip to Florida began with a campus tour, which was followed by a tour through some of the football facilities. In addition, he had a lengthy sit-down talk with Florida wide receivers coach Billy Gonzales.

He did not, however, get to spend much time with head coach Urban Meyer.

"I spoke to him to say hello to him a couple of times and I talked to him a couple of times for maybe a minute or two but I didn't really get to sit down and talk to him," he said.

While on the tour, Thomas was accompanied by former high school teammate Joe Haden, now a freshman on the Gators' roster. Haden gave Thomas a pitch as to why he should go to Florida, but the 5-10, 178-pound prospect said he ultimately knows he needs to make the decision that is best for himself.

As for his performance at the camp, Thomas was named as one of the top 11 players in attendance but was more critical of his own performance.

"I didn't think I did too well, personally, but people have been telling me I did pretty well," he said. "I thought I struggled a little bit with most of my route running. I know I need to work on that, but it's something I'm going to have to adjust to with it only being my first year of actually playing receiver. I played last year a little bit but I never really practiced it."

Thomas said he thinks the Gators envision using him as a wide receiver, but added that he "doesn't really know for sure."

With another unofficial visit out of the way, Thomas now has one more planned before his own season gets underway. He is planning to check out Tennessee unofficially, possibly on August 11.

Once that trip is complete, Thomas said he will begin planning his official visits with a goal of having them completed by the end of September.

With the Buckeyes firmly ensconced at the top of his list, Thomas said the Gators are now fighting to simply remain in his top three.

"It was a real good trip and a real good school, but I didn't really get to talk to them at all about the academics," he said. "I never really got to sit down and talk to Coach Meyer, but it's still a pretty good school and a great, great campus. They would still be up on my list in the running for my top three."

Illinois currently sits second behind OSU, and the Gators are fighting off in-state Maryland for third on Thomas' list.


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