St. John's Prep (Danvers, Mass.) junior running back Johnathan Thomas committed to Maryland nearly a month ago on May 9. Thomas said he still feels great about his decision.
"Everything has definitely been a lot less stressful," Thomas said. "A few schools are still trying to contact me but I am still feeling positive about my decision."
Thomas did not want to reveal what schools are still pursuing him, but he repeated an unwavering "No, I am still good," when asked if his eyes could be wandering.
The Massachusetts ball carrier said now that he is committed he still talks to the Maryland coaches frequently.
"Me and Coach Dudzinski we really talk day to day," Thomas said. "I did talk to Coach Powell the other day as well, he was just checking in on me."
Maryland recently released its 2014 schedule and Thomas was more than excited about the tough gauntlet the Terps face in their inaugural season in the Big Ten Conference.
"It doesn't get better than that, playing in all those big places and hosting the big teams," Thomas said. "That is going to be great, plus it is a lot of exposure and TV time."
Thomas said knowing what he will be up against in college is great motivation.
"Right now I am just worried about getting down there and working hard," Thomas said. "Playing time is going to come with hard work. I am not going in looking to be Superman. I am just going to work hard to the best I can be and help contribute to winning some games."
Thomas is also looking forward to getting back to College Park, Md. this summer.
"I am going to go down there (to Maryland) June 10 with my Mom because she hasn't been down there yet," Thomas said. "So I am excited to show her the business school, academics, the facilities, see the campus and meet the coaches, I am going to give her the full Maryland experience.
"I think she will be most excited about the academic help Maryland gives its football players because she is big on academics, she went to Harvard. So she wants me to excel in academics as well as on the field of course."
Thomas said with the school year winding down he has not had to a chance to recruit too many other prospects to join him in 2014, but he has spoken to fellow 2014 commit Jared Cohen.
"I talked to Jared and hung out with him at the spring game," said Thomas, who also said he plans to reach out to the Terps quarterback commit Will Ulmer. "He is a real cool guy and a big guy I could definitely see myself running behind."
With his decision behind him, Thomas said he is working out hard and trying to finish the school year strong so he can have some time to enjoy his summer.
"My last day of school is Friday and then we have final exams next week, so I have been focusing on that," Thomas said. "Then I got invited to go on a senior trip to Punta Cana with some seniors from my school so that is pretty exciting."
Scout's Take (NE Regional Recruiting Analyst Brian Dohn)
"Thomas is a thick, physical runner who can survive the grind between the tackles and be a workhorse back. He is patient and has sneaky acceleration."
What to Like
"He has very good balance and an innate feel for running the ball and make yards when it seems as if nothing is there. He plays with a low center of gravity, follows the flow of a play and runs well behind his blockers, is patient and has good hands so he can be an asset in the running game… also knows how to set up blocks…ability to make a big play out of what should be a loss."
What Needs Improving
"He doesn't have elite speed and his acceleration isn't fantastic. It is sneaky good, but if he can improve his acceleration slightly, it could make him an elite back…needs an adjustment to his ball-carrying, and that will change will take place quickly."
Full Scout's Take on Thomas
Coach's Take (St. John's Prep head coach Jim O'Leary)
"It says a lot that he had the Gatorade Player of the Year with him in the backfield and he was still our leading rusher," O'Leary said. "Plus he was one of our leading tacklers on defense and he was only out there a third of the time. He is just an impact player."
As far as running style, Thomas is "a power running back," O'Leary said. "He runs well between that tackles, he catches the ball well in the backfield, so he has all the tools and he works very hard in the weight room.
Full Coach's Take (St. John's Prep head coach Jim O'Leary)
Commit Check: RB Johnathan Thomas
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