One of the top offensive targets for the IU staff is Ivan Thomas from Palmetto H.S. in Miami. The 6-foot-3, 195-pound standout has Indiana as one of his top schools after picking up an offer from them a few weeks ago.
The three-star recruit has offers from Indiana, Kentucky, Syracuse, Temple and Bowling Green. The Wildcats are currently his top school, but he said IU is right behind them and recruiting him hard.
“Kentucky is my leader at this time, but right now Indiana is showing me a lot of love and communicating with me every day,” Thomas said. “They are right behind Kentucky.”
Thomas is listed as a receiver by Scout.com, but he said the Hoosiers are recruiting him as a tight end.
“I have been talking to Coach (Mike) DeBord,” he said. “They are recruiting me to play tight end. They think I could be a big playmaker in their offense.”
The talented prospect said that he and Coach DeBord have developed a good bond ever since the Indiana assistant started recruiting him.
“I like Coach DeBord,” Thomas said. “We talk about the offense and what they plan on doing with it. We have a good relationship.”
When it comes to what position he plays in college, Thomas said he has no preference just as long as it is a spot where he feels comfortable.
“It doesn’t matter to me what position I play,” he said. “I just want to play whatever position fits me the best.”
This past fall Thomas had a good season for a Miami Palmetto team that went 9-2 and made it to the second round of the state playoffs.
“As a team I thought we did a good job, especially compared to the previous year when we went 5-5,” he said about his junior year. “Individually I felt like I make a big impact for my team. I had 36 catches for 542 yards and nine touchdowns. I feel like I improved my speed and also my ball catching ability.”
Thomas said that he plans on taking an official visit to Indiana this fall, and when he makes that visit he knows what he will be looking for.
"I plan on taking an official visit there (Indiana). I am looking for a place where I can make a big impact on their offense,” he said. “Academically I want to major in business. Location isn’t a big deal for me as long as I feel at home and I feel comfortable there. I want to feel like the program is right for me.”