Thomas, "fairly open"

He's one of the greatest running backs in the history of Arizona prep football, yet he may take the lead of another great Grand Canyon State runner and play wide receiver in college. Bobby Wade left Phoenix to come to Tucson and the Wildcats hope Marcus Thomas does the same.

Marcus Thomas has shown a lot of interest in the Wildcats. He took an unofficial visit in November and a few weeks later took an official visit where he was able to see so much more.

"It was good, it was very good," Thomas said of the official visit. "They showed me many of the academic support places. I had meetings with academic advisors. It was pretty nice."

Thomas indicated that Oregon and the Wildcats lead, but that he was also considering Washington State and UCLA. Despite having two schools left on his list yet to visit, Thomas mentioned that he'd probably just take one more trip.

"I'm still fairly open," he said. "I have no set time to commit, I'll play it by ear."

One of the key things Thomas wants to see is how players and coaches get along. Despite the problems Arizona had in November, Thomas said he felt that everything was "smoothed over" at Arizona. He does want to see how the new coaching situations affect UCLA and WSU.

Thomas went to Tolleson High School, the same high school as current Wildcat Mike Bell. The two talk from time to time and caught up with each other during the recruiting trips.

"He told me it was a nice place and how he thinks they are going to be good next year," Thomas noted.

Thomas set the state career rushing record but wants to try his hand at wide receiver. Thomas is aware of the success at the position that other converted running backs have had at Arizona. He points to Dennis Northcutt and Bobby Wade as inspiration.

"I'd like to try receiver first and hopefully stay there," Thomas said. "If not I'll move back to running back or wherever else I'm needed."

After setting records in the state, Thomas has some desire to make a name for himself as a collegian in Arizona. It may not be a deciding factor, but staying close to home would be a perk.

"Yeah, it would be nice staying close to my family and friends," Thomas said of staying in state. "I'd get to play in front of them."

Bruin Report Online also spoke to Thomas. UCLA INTERVIEW

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