Jordan Thomas: Running back or receiver?

Rutgers commit Jordan Thomas made his official visit last weekend, and came away with a great feeling about his future at the school. But with a potential shortage of running backs in the backfield, will the Union Endicott (N.Y.) product play receiver or runnig back? It is something he addressed after his visit. He also talks about how well the trip went, and new receivers coach P.J. Fleck.

Jordan Thomas didn't know what to expect when he met new Rutgers receiving coach P.J. Fleck, but the Union Endicott (N.Y.) High product and Scarlet Knights commit was thrilled at the result.

During his official visit to Rutgers last weekend, Thomas, who is currently projected as a receiver, gained an understanding of Fleck's intensity, style and energy.

"He's an incredible guy,'' the 6-foot, 200 pound speedy Thomas said. "He's like a fireball. He's everywhere. I love the way he does things. He's so philosophical, and he's got so much wisdom and stuff. He has so much to teach. I cannot wait to be coached by him.''

Fleck joined the staff last week, in essence, replacing Brian Jenkins, who accepted the coaching position at Bethune-Cookman before Rutgers' St. Petersburg Bowl win.

Meeting a new position coach could cause trepidation, but Fleck quickly put any fears to rest. "It's the way he approaches life and football, in general,'' Thomas said. "He tells me he's going to coach when we're on the field, and be a father when we're off the field. I can't explain it. He does things that normal coaches don't do, and he's young, so you can relate to him, and he played in the NFL.''

One key, for Thomas, is whether he will remain at receiver.

He was recruited to play there, but Rutgers could face a shortage in the backfield if it does not sign at least two running backs in the 2010 class after Jourdan Brooks transferred.

The Scarlet Knights like Thomas's speed (his best timed 40-yard dash is 4.38 seconds), and could utilize him to stretch the field in the passing game.

However, he was an accomplished running back, not mention a standout safety, at Union-Endicott.

Thomas established school records for yards rushed for (1,388) and points scored (132) as a senior. He is also the school's career rushing (3,308 yards) and scoring (318 points) leader.

"They're still undecided where they're going to put me,'' Thomas said. "I could just be a fill-in, like the missing piece. That's what I'm thinking. Wherever they need me to go, I'll go there.''

Thomas has always been on board with Rutgers, and his visit re-enforced the decision he made in the summer.

He was taken aback by the detail, and effort, the Scarlet Knights' staff put into the official visits.

"They had everything organized,'' Thomas said. "They even had itineraries with little laminated red cards to where you could follow everything step-by-step. It was ridiculous. We got a chance to see the freshman dorm, and see how they're set up, and so much else.''

And there were also the 13 SUVs, one for each recruit, lined up in front of the Hale Center so the recruits and their families could be driven around campus.

"That, itself, was crazy,'' Thomas said. "We were like the President, or something, because they had 13 black cars with an ‘R' on them, all lined up and driving in a straight line to the next destination.

"All the trip did was re-enforce (the decision). It was like we were home. That was the vibe, like I'm leaving home and coming to another home.''

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