Thomas, who was a red-shirt freshman and sometimes starter, left Rutgers in need of now landing another cornerback in the 2014 class, and it is late in the process.
The Scarlet Knights already hold commitments from Jacksonville (Fla.) Raines' Lamont Simmons and Jacksonville (Fla.) First Coast's Kam Lott, but rather than take one more cornerback, Rutgers could look for a fourth cornerback in the class to help alleviate depth issues on the roster.
There are still a handful of cornerbacks on Rutgers' board, and Scout.com takes a look at each one's recruitment:
Cordell Hudson, 5-11, 170, Largo (Fla.) High
Skinny: Hudson is set to officially visit Syracuse (Dec. 6) and Rutgers (Dec. 13), but Iowa State is his leader. The Scarlet Knights are set to see Hudson play this week, and could turn up the heat now that it needs another cornerback on the roster.
Tajee Fullwood, 6-1, 175, Tampa Tech
Skinny: Fullwood is committed to South Florida, but if the Scarlet Knights push him a flip is possible. Fullwood committed in June, and Rutgers was a close second. He is planning an official visit to campus, but that could change if the Scarlet Knights decide not to bring him in.
Amani Oruwariye, 6-1, 175, Tampa Gaither
Skinny: Gaither is an interesting prospect because of his size and flexibility, but also because he doesn't divulge much in the recruiting game. Rutgers is in line for an official visit, but so are a few handfuls of other schools. The Scarlet Knights are in play, but so are many other teams.
Deion Hallmon, 5-10, 175, Weston (Fla.) Cypress Bay
Skinny: Hallmon is already a familiar name since he committed to the Scarlet Knights in late August, without having visited campus, and then decommitted a month later because he wanted to take official visits. Rutgers hasn't stayed in deep contact with Hallmon since the decommitment but could get back involved since the need at the position changed.