June 2, 2008

Versatility leads Irish to Thomas

It's rare that Charlie Weis doesn't have the answer to a recruiting question.

But in the case of athlete Logan Thomas, unsure is exactly where the Notre Dame head coach found himself on Friday while offering a scholarship to the 6-foot-6, 218-pound prospect from Lynchburg, Va. Weis didn't know where Thomas projected best into the Irish program, not that ambiguity is a problem for the do-everything athlete.

In fact, it's common.

That's what happens to recruits with this kind of versatility. Thomas said he's getting looks at quarterback, wide receiver, tight end, H-back, linebacker and safety. In other words, nobody knows where the Brookville School star's skills will be best served down the road. Recruiters just want them serving in their programs.

"I would rather play offense if possible, but I'll do what's best," said Thomas, who played quarterback last season. "If I had a choice I'd play wide receiver, but H-back or quarterback is fine with me."

Thomas said when he expresses that preference for offense that most schools quickly quiet about their grand plans of a future making tackles. With approximately 16 scholarship offers, most programs are happy to cater to the wishes of the nation's No. 35 overall prospect and No. 3 athlete.

North Carolina, Clemson, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Auburn and Tennessee have all offered scholarships with Thomas already checking out the Tar Heels, Demon Deacons and Cavaliers. He'll visit the Hokies this weekend. Thomas doesn't have set summer travel plans but does hope to see other schools on his list.

As for Notre Dame, the Irish are just now introducing themselves. Ron Powlus stopped by the Brookville School this spring. The first mailing Thomas received from the Irish was an invite to this year's Blue-Gold Game.

"I didn't expect the offer at all," Thomas said. "I really wasn't expecting anything after giving them my video. But then they called up and offered. I don't know a whole bunch about them. I'm going to look into it."

"I'm really open to pretty much anything. I'd probably make a visit to pretty much anywhere."

The recruiting calendar is just now kicking up a notch for Thomas in part because he's been focused on other sports. He had been playing AAU basketball and competed with the Brookville School track team this spring in the discus, hurdles and high jump. The multi-sport focus has helped Thomas increase his speed, but now he wants to commit more to football.

"I've definitely got to get stronger and I think I can still get faster," Thomas said. "I do think I have pretty good hands and I'm good mentally. I'm pretty good in the film room and I know what's going to happen before it does."

Picking up that offer from Notre Dame might be an exception along with a suddenly national recruitment. Then again, it's not hard to understand why a 6-foot-6, 218-pound talent with agility and the ability to play six different positions would be a hot recruiting commodity.

"I never thought I'd be this right here," Thomas said about his rising profile. "I'm enjoying the process.

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