Ian Thomas is starting to see his recruitment pick up with new offers from Stanford, Penn State and Southern Mississippi and the Reistertown (Md.) Franklin wide receiver said the Cardinal will stay on his list as he cuts it down by the end of summer.
"A school that definitely makes the list is Stanford," Thomas said. "That's a place, California, where I'd like to be and they'd be the only surefire one of my offers that I have that will make the list.
"What stands out about Stanford is definitely their academics and they're one of the top-tier schools so that's key. Also, they have a good program there."
Thomas, a 6-foot-1, 187-pound prospect, said he has already talked with new Stanford coach David Shaw and that the two are on the same page in terms of offense. That will be another important factor when Thomas narrows down his extensive list and starts thinking about a commitment.
"I spoke with coach Shaw recently and he told me about their offense, they're going to run a pro-style offense, the same offense as the New Orleans Saints, so I am excited to see how that offense looks," Thomas said.
Stanford is one of the favorites but other programs are definitely after Thomas, who finished with 50 receptions for 953 yards and 15 touchdowns in his junior season.
Boston College, Connecticut, Maryland, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Southern Miss and Stanford have already offered Thomas, who said he should have his list narrowed to five favorites by July or August.
After performing at the U.S. Army National Combine, sending out junior season highlight tapes and now that National Signing Day has come and gone, Thomas is starting to see his recruitment pick up in a big way. It would be no surprise at all if he continues to pick up offers through the spring.
"It's a little bit of everything," Thomas said. "It's time for the next class to get attention by college coaches and universities to focus on the next class and my coach has been doing a good job getting the film out, too."