Thomas considering two

It was a little over a year ago when Arizona signed Marcus Thomas, a Parade All-American from Tolleson, Arizona. Thomas did not qualify academically, but claimed all along that he still wanted to go to Arizona. While his interest in the Wildcats has not waned, a new school is in the picture.

Marcus Thomas visited UTEP this weekend and the Miners are now in the mix along with the Wildcats. Mike Price, the new coach in El Paso, is aggressively recruiting Thomas and has his attention.

"It was real, real good," Thomas said of his visit. "I toured the town and the facilities and just hung out with the players."

Thomas was all set to go to Arizona but he failed to meet a qualifying test score and spent the past fall working out and preparing to retake the ACT. Now he appears to be set to choose, but the Wildcats are not a sure thing. Although the Arizona coaches have kept in contact, they haven't called as much as the UTEP coaches.

Mike Price and the UTEP coaches will be in Thomas' home on Tuesday and after that he hopes to make a decision. "After they come in I'll talk it over with my family and decide," Thomas said. "It's either Arizona or UTEP."

Although he was a prep All-American in high school, Thomas wanted to be a wide receiver on the next level. Regardless of whether he goes to Arizona or UTEP, Thomas will give up running the ball and will instead focus on catching it.

"I plan on playing wide receiver. I think it is the best position for me," Thomas said.

It will be interesting to see if Price can make up enough ground to land the talented player. Another key question is whether the Cats' lack of contact is overconfidence in his prior pledge or an actual lack of confidence.

Thomas indicated that a decision could be made as early as Wednesday.

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