Last Thursday, St. John's Prep (Danvers, Mass) three-star running back Johnathan Thomas, committed to Maryland.
TSR had reactions from both Thomas and St. John's Prep head coach Jim O'Leary on the day of the announcement, but TSR caught up with Thomas again to bring you some more on the newest member of the Terps 2014 class.
Thomas called his recruiter at Maryland, Keith Dudzinski last Thursday and verbally committed to the Terps. Later in the day the 5-foot-ll, 215-pound running back publically announced his commitment via Twitter," "Verbally committed to the University of Maryland !! #goterps!"
TSR caught up with Thomas after the dust had settled to see how he was feeling after all the excitement.
"I free excited I feel free, I feel like I got the weight off my shoulders," said Thomas, who chose Maryland over offers from Arkansas, Boston College, and Connecticut among others. "Me personally, I like to keep it cool and the recruiting process definitely has a lot of stress that goes along with it," Thomas said.
Thomas pointed out a few key factors that sealed the deal for him.
"I will have to say the environment, it is a very diverse community. I really liked everything about the campus, I just felt most comfortable there," Thomas said. "Another thing that was very big was Maryland is not being too far away. It is only a six-hour drive and an hour flight."
Thomas said there was one thing that really made the difference.
"Maryland was patient, that was what really stood out to me," Thomas said. "They wanted me to make the right decision, they didn't sit down and pressure me. That's why I felt comfortable, they told the truth and stood by their word."
"Me and my dad talked for about 45 minutes last night about making the decision and we both felt comfortable with Maryland," Thomas said. "When your parents are happy that makes it even better."
Thomas' parents were not the only ones excited about their son's decision.
"When I called Coach [Dudzinski] he said, ‘I made his spring.' He was definitely very happy, all the coaches were," Thomas said. "I was there No. 1 guy at this position and for them to get me, they couldn't be happier and I feel great."
With the stress of a decision out of the way Thomas said now he can focus on his high school team.
"My focus goes to getting another ring and winning another state championship," Thomas said. "Plus, working on my speed, breakaway speed and getting stronger."
Thomas, who rushed for 1,820 yards and 20 touchdowns last season said, "My style of play is like Adrian Peterson, he is well balanced, he has power and he is elusive, but I believe I am more balanced. "
Thomas has plenty of motivation to work on his craft.
"I am just going to be preparing myself to play in the Big Ten," Thomas said. "I am definitely excited for to play against Ohio State, Michigan, Wisconsin all of those teams. That is big time football."
Thomas joins McDonogh (Owings Mills, Md.) offensive lineman Jared Cohen and St. John's College High (Washington, D.C) three-star quarterback Will Ulmer as the third member of the Terps 2014 class.
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