Wayne Thomas Selects Rutgers

Straight on the heels of a late '06 addition, Rutgers has landed its first prospect for the 2007 class, arguably the top defensive tackle in the state of New Jersey. Wayne Thomas decided to pull the trigger earlier this morning and decided to stay home.

"Yes, Wayne Thomas has committed to Rutgers," stated Nottingham HS Head Coach, C.J. McKenna. "He committed at around 10:30 this morning."

"We sat down and we spoke about all the things that Rutgers has to offer and he decided it was the best place for him."

In addition to his offer from Rutgers, Thomas holds a number of additional offers, including 'ships from Temple, Purdue, Ohio State (verbal), Iowa, Michigan State, Syracuse, and Boston College.

"He's the best kept secret around," stated Coach McKenna. Thomas didn't attend the Scout.com Combine, did not participate at the Elite College Combine, and garnered his offers based solely on his game and highlight tapes alone.

"He runs a 4.9 fourty. He had 102 tackles last year, 19 for loss, 9 1/2 sacks while playing both ways. He's explosive and has fantastic feet. Wayne fires off the ball low and plays like he's 6-feet or 6-foot-1, but when he needs to extend his arms he has a 7-foot wingspan," continued Coach McKenna.

Thomas will play defensive tackle while at Rutgers.

Certainly, standing in at 6-foot-6 and weighing in at around 280-pounds, Thomas is not the type of defensive trenchman that Rutgers has landed in years past. Players like Ramel Meekins have been successful at Rutgers precisely because of their strength and ability to play low to the ground. Thomas, one of the top overall prospects in New Jersey this year certainly adds the aforementioned element but due to his height, wingspan and athleticism can wreck havoc by batting down balls as well.

Should fans expect Thomas to come in and contribute right away?

"He can come in and make an immediate difference," stated Coach McKenna.

Thomas is currently in class but fans should stay tuned for more on this developing story.

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