WR Thomas Content to Wait; Still Likes Irish

Franklin High (Reisterstown, Md.) receiver Ian Thomas continues to be recruited by Notre Dame, and he is still planning a visit. But given Notre Dame's receiver slots could fill up soon, is his urgency for making a decision becoming stronger? He spoke to IrishEyes.com about it.

Franklin High (Reisterstown, Md.) receiver Ian Thomas continues to hear regularly from Notre Dame, and the message is the same he is hearing from the three other schools recruiting him hard.

The Irish want to get the 6-foot-1, 190-pound Thomas to South Bend, Ind.

"Notre Dame is another one of those schools that wants to get me up there," he said, "get around the players, get around the coaches, see the campus and show me what they have to offer. They want me to come to campus."

Thomas plans on making an official visit to Notre Dame in the fall. He also lists Stanford, Iowa and Rutgers as the schools recruiting him with the most fervor, and also says that is the quartet of schools he is the most interested in.

"I'm hearing a lot from Iowa, a lot from Stanford," he said. "I get a lot of mail from Iowa. Stanford is one of those prestigious schools with what they offer academically."

He added he still communicates regularly with Irish assistant coaches Tony Alford and Kerry Cooks, but he only has one pseudo-visit set up. He will be on the Rutgers camps for a 7-on-7 tournament Saturday, and plans to speak with the coaching staff and see more of the school while he is there.

However, Thomas isn't claiming a leader, and he also has no plans of making an early decision, even as commitments are made.

Thomas knows the Irish already have commitments from Fresno (Calif.) Washington Union High receiver Deontay Greenberry and Flanagan High (Pembroke Pines, Fla.) receiver Justin Ferguson. And Notre Dame may only take one more receiver, which puts pressure on Thomas.

"It's kind of hard because spots are filling up and you want to go through the process," Thomas said. "But by the time official visits start, all the spots will be taken, so you can't go there. It gets kind of hard with guys committing so early, and guys like me, I want to explore all my options."

Thomas added he doesn't plan on changing his timetable for making a decision, and if he gets squeezed out of a spot, he will look elsewhere rather than commit before he is ready to.

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