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Md. junior Thomas thinking big

Reisterstown (Md.) Franklin athlete Ian Thomas led the Indians all the way to the state championship game earlier this month, and has made his mark as one of the top juniors in the state of Maryland.

Thomas has picked up scholarship offers from BC, Maryland and Pittsburgh.

"It was a pretty good year, we finished up in the state game but ended up losing that, 21-14. Overall though, it was a great year for the Franklin football program," he said. "I think I did pretty well, I could have done better but I had 49 receptions, 986 yards and 15 touchdowns receiving. I started at strong safety also."

The 6-foot-1, 190-pound athlete would like to end up as a wide receiver in college.

"If i had to choose, personally, I would choose offense," he said. "That's my favorite position playing wide receiver. If they recruited me for defense, I would have no problem playing that."

Thomas earned an early offer from Pittsburgh this fall, and since then has grabbed two ACC verbal scholarship offers. Coaches from Maryland and Connecticut have been by the school to see his coach this month.

"It's picked up since the end of the football season, I picked up Maryland and Boston College, so it's pretty good now," he said. "UConn came in and my coach said that he talked to Rutgers and he said that they're on the verge of offering."

The junior athlete has his sights aimed high.

"Me, I like the big school so any schools like the SEC or the Big Ten, any top 10 schools, I'd like schools like that," he said.

Thomas did not take any visits so far this fall. He would like to take a trip down south in the next year to check out schools.

So far he has not had much contact with the Nittany Lions.

"They send mail, and that's all I know of, my coach hasn't said anything else about it," he said. "Any school school I'm really interested in, I'm just interested in the bigger schools more."

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