Quintrell Thomas Updates His Recruitment

Months ago, St. Patrick's (NJ) big man Quintrell Thomas was under the radar. Despite being a ‘throwback' sort of big man who thrives on rebounding, blocking shots and trying to dunk everything in sight, he wasn't hearing from a lot of colleges and his national reputation was modest. But fortunes change quickly on the summer circuit. Thomas is a perfect example of that dynamic.


"It seemed like no matter how well I played – I could have played like a top-ten player in the country – no one noticed a couple months ago," said Thomas, who seems to be the top target on Maryland's recruiting board. "But when you do good, people notice."

Indeed they do. After a handful of strong performances this spring and summer with New Jersey Elite, Thomas suddenly has before him a deeper collection of college options than ever before. In addition to the schools that have offered and been recruiting him for a while – Maryland, Marquette, Rutgers, Seton Hall and Miami – he's also been hearing from Pitt and national recruiting powerhouses Kansas and Florida.

"After [July] he's probably going to make a decision on what he wants to do. He's kind of overwhelmed right now because the colleges are coming so fast and so quick, his head is spinning ," said Galen Smith, one of Thomas's AAU coaches.

So where do the Terps now stand with the 6-foot-8, 230-pound low-post banger?

"Maryland is high on my list. I like the coaches, I like the up-tempo style they run, and they told me I'd be able to come in there as a freshman and play," he said.

With James Gist graduating after the 07-08 season, Maryland is in serious need of game-changing players in the post. Thomas has stated repeatedly that he wants to go somewhere that offered him a chance to play early, and there's no doubt Maryland fits that requirement to a tee. Thomas has visited campus twice and enjoyed meeting with head coach Gary Williams, who stressed to him that he is the program's No. 1 priority among rising senior big men.

"He loves Maryland. He met with Gary Williams and got a really good vibe with him," Smith said.

Rutgers and Seton Hall have been pressuring Thomas to stay loyal and stay at home, but there has been some talk he'd like to get away from home for college. How far, though, he doesn't know. Kansas and Florida, for instance, are a long way from New Jersey. He's leaving open the possibility of visiting those schools, but nothing seems to be impending.

"I don't know about that right now," he said.

Thomas would like to make a commitment before the school year begins, though he's not sure exactly when it'll come.

"I wanted to make my decision by now, but now because there's so many schools, it's making it take longer," he said.

It appears the Terps will be in serious contention for his commitment all the way, and could perhaps be considered the leaders at this point, though that is speculation; he doesn't want to rank his favorites quite yet.

TerpSportsReport.com and Scout.com will keep you updated throughout the process…

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