Catching up with RU commit Jordan Thomas

Rutgers is getting a dynamic player in Union Endicott (N.Y.) High's Jordan Thomas, who set school single-season and career rushing and scoring records this season. But he is not coming to Piscataway to run the ball. Thomas is coming as a receiver, and he talks about what he has done to prepare for his transition.

As a running back, Union Endicott (N.Y.) High's Jordan Thomas was dynamic, and dominating.

Thomas set school records for rushing yards (1,388) and points scored (132) as Tigers finished 7-4. He also set the school's career rushing (3,308 yards) and scoring (318 points), but remained humble about his accomplishments.

"It's beyond words,'' Thomas said. "It's incredible to do that with these types of guys on my team. I wasn't thinking about any records during the year. I was trying to out and provide for my team.''

Now, the speedy 6-foot, 200-pound Rutgers commit is ready to transform himself into an explosive receiver. Thomas is an accomplished sprinter, running in the 100 and 200 meters, and the 4 X 100 relay.

But he was recruited to play receiver at Rutgers. Although he said he never played the position, he is eager to make the transition next season with the Scarlet Knights.

"I'm out there in space (as a receiver),'' said Thomas, who will take his official visit to Rutgers the weekend of Jan. 22. "I have more room to work with instead of just running directly at the line. I see myself more as a slot guy. I think if I can get on the linebacker, or somebody like that, I think it will be a good mismatch.''

While Thomas didn't play receiver at Union Endicott, it didn't keep him from working out at his future position.

During the offseason he would run routes with his teammates, and he said during the season he would jump into a receiver drill or two in practice, when time permitted.

"It think it will go pretty well,'' Thomas said. "I believe I run really good routes. Even though I don't play wide receiver, my coach (Shane Hurd) is a wide receivers coach, and I always go over there and run the drills. I run wide receiver drills. That's also something I do on my own time. In the summer time, I run routes with my quarterbacks.''

Thomas is now gearing up for the track and field season, which he hopes will not be his last. He said his personal best in the 100 meters is 10.5 seconds. Once he arrives at Rutgers, he said he will talk to the coaching staff about participating in track during the spring.

"Track is something I really enjoy,'' he said. "I like the competition. It's something that is a lot of fun. I will see what (Rutgers' coaching staff) says about it.''


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