Thomas Sees Oregon As One Of Nation's Best

Reisterstown (MD) Franklin product Ian Thomas already has the attention of some of the biggest schools on the East Coast. However, for the young receiver who rates as one of the top prospects at the position in the Northeast, he's looking for an offer from one of the Pac-12's best.

Do you currently have an offer from Oregon?

"No sir. I do not."

What kind of contact, if any, have you had with Oregon since the recruiting process started for you?

"My coach has been in contact with their wide receiver coach up there. I think he goes by the name of coach (Scott) Frost. He's the wide receiver coach at Oregon. I haven't talked to him yet, but him and my coach have exchanged words and the coach up there said he likes me."

Is coach Frost the only coach you've been in contact with from Oregon?

"Yes sir. As far as I know, my coach has only told me about coach Frost."

As far as you or your coach knows, has Oregon mentioned anything about offering or anything like that?

"The wide receiver coach up there and my coach, they talked about offering. They said that they're only looking for like two wide receivers this year, so the choices that they make gotta be good choices and guys that they really want. He said within the next few weeks, he said that there might be an offer."

When was the last time you or your coach heard from Oregon?

"Last week."

What is your overall interest in Oregon?

"If they offered today, I'd definitely look to put Oregon in my top five. It's one of the top schools in the nation, they made it to the national championship -- they couldn't win it, but they were still in it -- and they would be in the top five schools in my college choices."

Other than some of their on-field success, is there anything else that captures your interest when it comes to Oregon?

"I would definitely say the fact that they're a high program school. I don't really know much about them other than that. I would like to get up there for one of their Junior Days or just a day when I can get up there and they can show me around campus and I can learn a lot more about Oregon."

How would you describe yourself as a player?

"I'm a player who likes the big stage. I love to be in the big games and making plays in those big games."

Is there a player at the collegiate or professional level that you try to pattern your game after at all?

"No sir."

What are you looking for in a program?

"Stability. I'm looking for stability in a school and a system I can succeed in. A school that I can trust. I'm actually not just looking for a four-year plan where I go to college. I'm looking for a FOUR-YEAR PLAN. By saying that, I mean, I'm looking for a school where in four years I can graduate from that school and I can say I made a great choice in choosing this school and I got my degree from that school and I succeeded in life after football."

Do you know what you want to study when you get to college?

"Chemical engineering."

What offers do you currently hold from other schools?

"Penn State, Maryland, Vanderbilt, Rutgers, UConn, Boston College, Southern Mississippi, Stanford, Pittsburgh, West Virginia, and Notre Dame."

Would you say you have any leaders at this point?

"I was actually going to talk to my coach about that today. We were gonna talk and try to get that nailed down to a top five. I don't have one yet, but I should have one in about two or three weeks from now."

Is there anyone that's standing out to you or are you just kind of evaluating everything?

"I'm just kinda taking it all in and seeing what every school has to offer and what's the pros and cons of all these schools. I don't have a leader just yet. After I make all my school visits and things like that, then I'll have the 1, 2, 3 of all the offers that I have."

Do you have any plans at this point to go to any camps? Unofficial visits? Junior Days?

"Yes sir. I'll probably go to Stanford, Notre Dame, probably Miami's one-day camp and I'll probably go to a few combines and camps in between, but I'm not sure of the combines and camps."

Ian Thomas profile

Follow Chris Courtney on Twitter at eDuckCCourtney


eDuck Top Stories