However, Thomas still thinks very highly of the Scarlet Knights
"(Rutgers) is right in the mix, more leading the pack, if you will," Thomas said
Thomas said one of the reasons Rutgers is atop his list is the attention he is getting, and the way the Scarlet Knights' coaching staff makes him feel like a high priority
"I would Rutgers shows me the most interest out of all the schools I have offers from," said Thomas, who holds a dozen offers "I have a good relationship with (receivers) coach (P J ) Fleck, and I can call coach (Greg) Schiano any time and he'll pick up the phone So, I have a really good vibe from them right now "
On the first day of the spring evaluation period, Thomas said Fleck stopped by the school
"It shows me that they're really interested," Thomas said "I called coach Schiano the other day and he answered by ‘Hey, Ian ' He knew who I was I didn't let him know I was calling He just knew who it was, so it's a really good vibe "
Thomas made an unofficial visit to Rutgers in early March for a personal junior day experience, and he was trying to get back for 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 "
The last chance for Thomas to do so is the spring game, but he said he was having a hard time working it into his schedule but he will have plenty of time to check the campus out again
Thomas doesn't plan on making a decision until after experiencing a few official visits, but it appears as though schools recruiting him to play receiver have an edge over those recruiting him for defensive back, like West Virginia and Penn State
"I see myself more as a wide receiver," Thomas said "That's what I want to play in college I train right now for wide receiver I have great hands, great jumping ability That's why I see myself as a wide receiver "
As a junior, Thomas caught 50 passes for 953 yards and 15 touchdowns He also made 36 tackles and had an interception
So, will Thomas consider schools if he is being recruited to play in the secondary?
"I will still look at them," he said, "but in the back of my mind, I think I'm more of an offensive type player "