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Stacy Thomas, the four-star defensive dynamo from Gulliver Prep in Miami, FL took an official visit to Louisville over the weekend and saw all he needed, to make his college choice. The 6-foot-2 235-pound defensive end is very versatile and also played tight end and linebacker. Cardinal Dominance’s co-owner and senior writer, Shane Stovall caught up with Thomas on Sunday afternoon for an exclusive interview.
Thomas had close to thirty scholarship offers including several from big time programs such as Florida, FSU, LSU, Wisconsin, Notre Dame, Kansas State, West Virginia and others. So what set Louisville apart from all of the others and got him to sign with the 2013 Sugar Bowl Champions? “Just the vibe I got from the players and coaches…man they really are a family” said Thomas. The Cardinals sent “The Big Hurtt” (Clint Hurtt - Defensive Line Coach/Recruiting Coordinator) in to recruit the talented prospect and Hurtt proved once again that he is one the country’s best recruiters especially in South Florida.
While Hurtt may have been the main recruiter for Thomas, he likely won’t be his position coach when he arrives on campus. “Yeah, Coach Hurtt was my main recruiter at UofL but they are talking about me probably playing the SAM Linebacker position in college.” In that case, Thomas will be under the tutelage of Linebackers Coach, Brian Jean-Mary who has proven that he will continually put a great product on the field. Guys like Preston Brown, Keith Brown, James Burgess and former Cardinal, Dexter Heyman have really improved under “Coach BJ” as most recruits like to refer to him.
Whoever gets the opportunity to coach Thomas will have plenty of skill, strength and speed at their disposal. Thomas runs a 4.8 second forty yard dash, benches 275 pounds and squats 655 pounds. His frame is broad and with a year or two under the direction of Strength and Conditioning Coach,Pat Moorer , Thomas could be a real physical specimen. Thomas is focused on preparing for the challenges ahead and is ready to get on campus and compete. “I just want to come in and help the team win games and improve their defense even though it’s amazing already!” Thomas said when asked about his goals. Thomas had a good senior season at Gulliver Prep against very good competition tallying 85 tackles and 10 sacks. Though he didn’t sign on National Signing Day, Thomas is still a welcomed prospect in this small but talented class and a huge coupe in keeping the South Florida pipeline open.
(Pat Moorer's "The Pit" workouts, transforms the student athlete's body's into specimens - Photo by louisvillesportslive.net)