AZ RB Still Likes UCLA

The interest in UCLA by <b>Marcus Thomas</b>, the running back who is emerging as an elite recruit from Arizona, is still strong...

Marcus Thomas, 6-1, 185, 4.5, Tolleson (Ariz.) Tolleson Union, set a state career rushing record this season. He said that he received an offer from UCLA about three weeks ago and has made plans to take an official visit to Westwood in January.


Thomas has narrowed his lists of schools to Oregon, Arizona, UCLA, Colorado State and Washington State. He has already visited Oregon and Arizona. "Those were both good visits. Oregon came to my school today. I would say that Oregon and Arizona are recruiting me the hardest. Both those schools would be at the top of my list right now."


Thomas was originally scheduled to visit the Colorado State this weekend, but his plans have changed. "They called and want to reschedule me for some time in January. I may be going to Washington State on January 3rd."


He said that UCLA is definitely in the mix. "Gary Bernardi flew down here last weekend and talked to me at school last Thursday. He said he had no idea who was going to take over, but everything regarding my scholarship is still the same." Thomas said he had heard Mike Riley's name mentioned, and said he wouldn't mind that. "I'm going to UCLA on January 17th, and I am still interested in UCLA."


The Wolverines' season ended in the Arizona Division 4A state semifinals despite four touchdowns by Thomas. He scored two on runs of 13 and seven yards and also caught two passes for touchdowns of 21 and 41 yards. Thomas finished the season with a single-season record of 3,560 yards and 46 touchdowns. He completed his career with a state career record 5,868 yards rushing.

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