Heels Targeting Md. WR

After narrowing his focus to three schools about a month ago, Ian Thomas has decided to expand his list of schools to also include North Carolina.

"The coaches at North Carolina, they recruited me at Southern Miss," said Thomas, a 6-foot-1, 190-pound wide receiver from Reisterstown (Md.) Franklin. "When they came to UNC, they told me they still want me in their program. So I figured I would give them a shot."

With the addition of the Tar Heels, Thomas' final list now includes Iowa, UNC, Rutgers, and Vanderbilt.

"Those schools have shown me that they actually want me in their program," Thomas said. "I want to go somewhere where I feel like I'm wanted and where they need a player like me. And I have great relationships with all these coaches at these schools."

Specifically, Thomas has a "great" relationship with Blake Anderson, UNC's offensive coordinator who also recruited Thomas while at Southern Miss.

"Coach Anderson has been by my school and he plans on coming down again to meet my parents," Thomas said. "I have a great relationship with him already."

Anderson has informed Thomas of UNC's intentions of adding at least one more wide receiver to the 2012 class.

"He has told me that they have a spot open and they're willing to wait until I come in and get a feel for the place to see if I like it," Thomas said. "So he's excited for me to get down there."

Thomas made official visits to Vanderbilt in November and Rutgers in December. He has official trips scheduled with Iowa the weekend of Jan. 20 and UNC the following weekend.

"[My UNC official visit] was scheduled for this weekend, but my mom couldn't make it so we had to reschedule for the 27th [of January]," Thomas said.

Amid his official visit schedule, Thomas lacks a clear cut leader.

"I'm looking for the vibe I get from the coaches and the players and the other recruits that will be coming in with me," Thomas said. "I want to make sure I get along with everybody – can I see myself with these people for the next four years?"

As a senior, Thomas caught 38 passes for 716 yards and seven touchdowns and rushed for 255 yards and two scores on 34 carries. He also had 57 tackles and four interceptions on defense.

In December, Thomas represented the Baltimore team in Maryland's Crab Bowl.

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