Ranks as the 19th-best weakside linebacker nationally by Scout.com ... Named a top-20 recruit in the Mid-Atlantic region by SuperPrep ... Helped lead DeMatha to four straight state titles, including a perfect 12-0 season in 2006 ... ... Team won WCAC Conference Championship in 2004, 2005 and 2006 ... Posted 126 tackles and six sacks in 2006 ... Had six sacks and two interceptions, while leading a defense that allowed just 6.5 points per game ... Earned honors as the Defensive Player of the state of Maryland as a senior ... Garnered All-Met honors by The Washington Post ... Was named the Most Valuable Player at DeMatha ... Bench presses 385 pounds ... Named to the George Michaels' Golden Eleven team ... As a junior, compiled 101 tackles and five sacks.
Was a boxer from ages 8 to 14 and ranked third in the country in the National Silver Gloves rankings for two years straight ... Full name is Ian Matthew Thomas ... Born June 20, 1989 ... Son of Kim and Ginger Thomas ... High school coach was Bill McGregor ... Enrolled in the general cirriculum ... Chose Illinois over Maryland and UConn.