January 2, 2007

Meet Ian Thomas

Illinois' connections to the Maryland/Washington D.C. area enabled the coaching staff to bring in some highly touted players the past couple of years.

That talent from the area already at Illinois and giving verbals to the Illini convinced 6-foot-1, 215 pound Berwyn Heights (Md.) DeMatha Catholic linebacker Ian Thomas to commit without ever stepping foot on campus.

Thomas plans to visit Illinois on Jan. 21. He picked the Illini over offers from UConn, Pittsburgh, and several other programs.

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