Thomas' coach at Reisterstown (Md.) Franklin, Anthony Burgos, told ScarletReport.com that Thomas would like to return to the Scarlet Knights.
"I would love for him to see if he could get back there, but I'm not quite sure it will happen," Burgos said. "I haven't talked to coach (Kyle) Flood about it. I have talked to the position coach (Darryl Wilson) about it."
Thomas' return could potentially bolster a questionable secondary, but could be dicey. His decision to leave the program in midseason put the Scarlet Knights in a tough spot, and he would likely have to explain his actions and gain acceptance in the locker room again.
"He's getting his life together and is moving forward," Burgos said. " If he can go back there and they're willing …he's going to have to understand what he's going to have to go through as well to win over the trust and commitment from those guys. If he's willing to do it, I think it could be a great story in two years."
Thomas, who was a red-shirt freshman, started three games and played in six games before leaving the team. He made eight tackles and intercepted a pass, but left in midseason.
"He's probably regretting some of the decisions he made," Burgos said. "Ian has to make some decisions here. … Time is running out. He has to find a home for the (spring) semester."
If Thomas doesn't wind up returning to Rutgers, he will likely transfer to the FCS level.
"There are some I-AA that would love to have him," Burgos said. "I don't think sitting out (2014) is something he's thinking about.
"Obviously, if Rutgers decides a second opportunity isn't warranted, the likes of Towson or another I-AA would be the home for him."