The No. 34 prospect in the nation, 5-foot-11, 181-pound athlete Lamaar Thomas out of Fort Washington (Md.) Friendly headed West over the weekend. Thomas stopped through Champaign to visit Illinois for his third and possibly final official visit.
"The trip was really good, I had a lot of fun and the game was very impressive," he said. "I got there on Saturday and had to drive in from Chicago. When I got there it was almost game time.
"I went to the game and that was very impressive. They beat a good Penn State team and I liked the atmosphere. What stuck out about the game was afterwards, the players went into the stands. The fans there are crazy. It was nice to see.
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"As for the game, they are looking at me as a running back and I like what I could do in the spread offense for them. I think it fits me pretty well."
After taking in the win by the Illini, the four-star prospect hung out with Vontae Davis and his host Arrelious Benn.
"I knew all of those guys and it was fun to hang out with them and some of the other players like Juice Williams," he said. "Regis was real cool. He's a real good, down-to-earth person. He just said that he thinks we can do a lot of things on the field."
On Sunday, Thomas had breakfast, toured the campus and then met with the coaching staff.
"I talked to coach Zook and he basically told me if I come there I can make an impact. He sees me on the field my freshman year," he said. "I definitely like that. I want to play as soon as I can. After that, I went to coach Zook's house and then left."
With three officials behind him and none scheduled, what's next for the No. 5 athlete in the nation?
"If I don't make a decision in the next two to three weeks then I'll take more visits," he said. "I've got a good feeling I'll make it. I have no date scheduled; I'll just commit when it feels right.
"There are no favorites. I'll talk it over with my family and go to the place I feel is right and best for me."