Coaches will always tell you that you can’t teach speed and Gunter Brewer won’t have to worry about that with Zavian Thomas. Thomas is a 3-star receiver from Louisiana who has reportedly run sub-4.4 in the forty-yard dash three different times this summer. At LSU’s camp, he reportedly ran a 4.32 and he reportedly ran a 4.35 and 4.30 during his visit to Memphis.
At 5-11/188, Thomas has more size than some of the other speedy “slot-type” receivers Lousiville has targeted. He’s about the same size as Jordan Watkins who UofL has played on the outside more often than not. Watching his highlights, I could see Thomas having the opportunity to do the same. While his speed stands out more than anything else, he does show the ability to elevate and fight for the football. He also makes some players miss in the videos I’ve watched, though he’s typically looking to just run by people.
Lousiville is Thomas’ only power five offer to this point but his measurables and film are very impressive. He could also pick up some offers this summer if he continues to camp and performs well in the fall. With two receivers in the class, it will be interesting to see if Louisville takes three receivers in the class. Squirrel White has been rumored to be leaning towards committing and Louisville recently had four receivers on campus for official visits. Gunter Brewer has to be happy with what he has right now but my feeling is that they will add one more guy to the class.