July 16, 2009

Thomas down to three

Iowa has been loading up on linebackers in the Class of 2010 and another top prospect from the state of Michigan has narrowed his list of schools to include the Hawkeyes. Three star prospect Ishmael Thomas cut three schools this week and is down to just three that he will consider with commitment coming soon.

The 6-foot-4 and 210 pound athlete from Detroit eliminated Purdue, Colorado, and Vanderbilt this week. Now only Iowa, Indiana, and Central Michigan remain.

"I got a good vibe with those three schools after touring the campus. I got the feeling that I could live there for four years and I felt like I fit in well with their programs and play early on, which is something that I want to do," Thomas said.

His plan is to make a final decision sooner rather than later.

"I will probably make my decision in two or three weeks. Right now all three schools are pretty equal," he said.

In his junior year at Detroit Renaissance High School, Thomas had 84 tackles, including 17 for loss. This spring and summer he has made his way to the schools he is considering. With Central Michigan, it was an early offer that has helped keep them in the race over other high major schools.

"They were one of the first schools to offer me and they have been recruiting me hard. They aren't a school that doesn't just want me, they want me to come in there and play."

While the Hoosiers didn't come to the table with an early offer, their coaching staff has left a positive impression.

"They offered a little bit later, but they have been recruiting me really hard since then. I feel like I have a real good relationship with the coaches," he said.

The Hawkeyes have also left a positive impression and they also have the advantage of fellow Michigan prep and 2010 verbal commitment, Austin Gray, working on Thomas.

"I know Austin a little bit. We haven't really talked a whole lot about it, but he has certainly put the bug in my ear about being another guy from Michigan that could be at Iowa," he said. "When I first visited Iowa it was totally different than what I expected it to be. I thought it would be cornfields and a football field. That wasn't the case at all."

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