Maryland WR Planning Fall Visit

Franklin High (Reisterstown, Md.) three-star receiver Ian Thomas is being recruited the hardest by four schools, including Notre Dame, and he spoke to IrishEyes.com about his recruitment, what he knows about the Irish, who is in his ear about them and why he plans on making an official visit to South Bend, Ind., in the fall.

Franklin High (Reisterstown, Md.) receiver Ian Thomas isn't sure when he will make a decision, but before making it he plans on making an official visit to Notre Dame.

Thomas, who is 6-foot-1, 190 pounds, talks frequently with the Irish coaching staff, and was set to be visited by the staff during the spring evaluation period.

"I think that they want me to go into their program and I'm just curious what else they can offer when I take a visit there," Thomas said." That'll probably be one of my officials. I can't say for sure, but that will probably be one."

Thomas said Notre Dame, Maryland, Rutgers and Stanford were the four schools recruiting him (each offered) with the most vigor, and added the Scarlet Knights were "leading the pack."

Thomas added there is plenty of time for other schools to move into the top slot, and the reputation of Notre Dame football has worked its way into his recruitment, although he acknowledged he didn't know much about the Irish.

"My coach and teachers know about Notre Dame," he said, "so they always tell me them."

However, Thomas is learning how he would fit into the Irish offense in his discussions with a pair of assistants.

"I actually have a good relationship with coach (Tony) Alford, he's the receivers coach, and coach (Kerry) Cooks, he's the defensive backs coach," Thomas said. "I talk back-and-forth with them weekly."

Thomas emerged as one of Maryland's top receivers in the 2012 class after catching 50 passes for 954 yards and 15 touchdowns as a junior.

He is looking for a mix of academics and athletics, and the four schools recruiting him suggest that, although he is only in the beginning phases of delving deep into the programs.

"I don't know too much about much Stanford, but one of their coaches is actually coming down for the evaluation period," Thomas said. "I'll get to learn more about Stanford then."

Despite being 45 minutes from the Maryland campus, Thomas isn't a frequent visitor.

"I've been one time," he said. "I've seen one of their winter workouts. I went there and they were working outside, and I got to see that. I came in and I toured and looked around."

Thomas also has been to Rutgers once, but did not get to a spring practice.

"The coaches were really urging me to come and see their practice," Thomas said, "see how they get after it, so I would like to get down and see that."

Most of the dozen schools to offer Thomas want him to play receiver, which is his position of choice, but West Virginia and Penn State are looking at Thomas as a defensive back.


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