New Iowa offensive coordinator Brian Ferentz talks about exploiting mismatches. He’s looking for them all over the field.
The Hawkeyes see Class of 2018 Miami Palmetto High’s Ivan Thomas as a player who can create them. The 6-4, 210-pounder is tough to contain.
Receiver coach Kelton Copeland visited South Florida this week. He explained to Thomas that Iowa is a place he could flourish when he offered a scholarship.
“He said that I really fit their offense,” Thomas told HN. “He said he really wants me and really loves my film. He thinks I can fit because I can play H-Back for them. I can move around. He loves how I attack the ball.”
While the Hawkeyes are new to the recruitment of Thomas, they’ve made a good early impression.
“The top three for me right now are Iowa, Kentucky and Indiana,” Thomas said.
Thomas also reports scholarship offers from Bowling Green, Syracuse and Temple. Schools like Miami and Central Florida are interested.
“A lot of local schools down here are showing love,” he said.
Thomas caught 34 balls for 542 yards and nine touchdowns as a junior. He played receiver and tight end for Palmetto.
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Incorporating the H-Back into his game won’t be a tough transition, he said.
“It’s not big deal. Wherever I can fit to make the team better,” he said. “To me, I have pretty good size and I know how to use my range. I know how to use my height advantage and body.”
Thomas is working out to add size and strength. He hopes to be up to at least 225 pounds by the time he gets to college.
While Iowa is a long way from Miami, Thomas said he’s not weighing the location of the school heavily in his decision.
“Wherever I can play the quickest is more important,” he said.
Thomas said he will visit Iowa, Indiana and Kentucky for the first time early in the summer.
“What I’m trying to see is if the school feels like home, like there’s no difference between here and there,” he said.
Thomas plans to study Business in college.
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Hawkeye junior walk-on knows his role and plays it well.
“Academics are a big part of my decision-making process. If football doesn’t work out, I’ll always have a backup plan,” he said.
Thomas said he’s looking to make a commitment during his senior season.
Rivals, Scout and 247 all see Thomas as a three-star recruit. The 247 network ranks him as the No. 86 receiver nationally in ’18, while Scout puts him at No. 170.
Here’s a look at Thomas’ junior highlights: