Rutgers Takes in WR Thomas' Opener

BALTIMORE -- Franklin High (Reisterstown, Md.) played Wise High (Washington, D.C.) in the I-95 Classic last week, and Rutgers assistant coach P.J. Fleck was in town to watch receiver Ian Thomas. The 6-foot-1, 205-pound Thomas spoke to about his game, his recruitment, and the six schools still on his list.

BALTIMORE -- Franklin High (Reisterstown, Md.) receiver Ian Thomas still has one visit scheduled, and is still talking about taking four others.

But as he looks at the six schools – Rutgers, Notre Dame, Auburn, Vanderbilt, Iowa and Stanford – there is one thing the Scarlet Knights are saying that he is not hearing from the other schools.

"We always talk, and they said they'll wait on me until I'm ready to commit," Thomas said. "That's basically the deal, and that's very important because I know they actually want me if they're willing to hold a spot for it."

Rutgers also showed its desire to land Thomas when assistant coach P.J. Fleck took a helicopter to attend Franklin's game against Wise High (Washington, D.C.) on Friday at Morgan State.

Fleck was the only coach in attendance for Thomas' game, a 30-7 loss in which Thomas impressed offensively with eight catches for 81 yards.

"It's the first game so we will definitely get better," he said. "As the season progresses, our timing will get better and our chemistry will be better. That's no problem."

Thomas' lone scheduled visit is to Notre Dame for the Oct. 8 game against Air Force. He is also looking at Iowa, Stanford, Vanderbilt and Auburn. With the Scarlet in contention, it could mean Thomas makes five official visits, but does not visit Rutgers, a decision that could come since he made a pair of offseason trips to the campus.

As for his other schools in contention, Thomas broke each one down:

  • "Auburn told me they really like me, so they want to get me down there and see the place, meeting the coaches and see how the atmosphere is down there. I definitely know the program."

  • "Iowa, I know that they want me. They're in constant contact with my coach, they're hitting me on Facebook constantly. They tell me they need a wide receiver, so that's what I'm hearing."

  • "Stanford wants me as well. Not as heavy (as other schools), but they're all the way across in California, so that's the reason. I'm planning on heading out there to see what it's like."

  • "Vanderbilt is constantly in contact with me and my coach, and the coach says a ‘Z' receiver down there. If he gets, than he says he's going to stop looking."

  • "Notre Dame talks to me a lot. I talked to all their coaches recently because all the coaches can call you now. They really want me." Thomas plans on making a decision after the season."

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