Did Maryland 'Bowl Over' Quintrell Thomas?

New Jersey power forward Quintrell Thomas had already been to Maryland on a couple of unofficial visits, but his official this weekend offered him a longer, more close-up look at the environment, coaches and players. He hung out with the players, checked out the social life and even took a trip to the bowling alley with most of the Terps' staff. Was he bowled over enough to make a commitment?


Thomas did not commit on the trip, but said he had a great time and continues to look at Maryland as a strong possibility for where he'll play his college ball.

"It went really well," said the 6-foot-8 power forward, who may be the top remaining target on the Terps' recruiting board. "The first night I got down there, I went out to dinner with the coaches and hung out with the players. The second day I ate breakfast and lunch with the coaches and went out with some of the players. And we went bowling … Chuck Driesell is really good."

He's also a good recruiter, and is the primary recruiter working on landing Thomas's commitment for Maryland. That's not to say Thomas didn't spend time with head coach Gary Williams – the two chatted about many things, including their similar Jersey backgrounds – but Driesell is trying to seal this deal.

"He's the coach who all the players are around, so I know that once I get there I'll be around him a lot," Thomas said of Driesell. "He's a real energetic guy. He knows how to make people feel at home."

Thomas said the atmosphere at Maryland is a big plus, as it's a priority for him to go somewhere with diversity and a good social life. He really enjoyed spending time with the players. The coaches, meantime, told him how well he'd fit into the flex offense.

The sales pitch was "style of play. They like to play an up-tempo game and they need someone at my position who can score in order for it to work," he said.

He'll visit Kansas next weekend, followed by UNLV. The other finalist for his services is Rutgers. Though good sources and other indications have made it appear Maryland is in as good shape with him as anyone, if not perhaps easily in the lead, he's not ready to commit and he's not making any bold proclamations.

"I still have four leaders," he said, adding he'll make a decision in mid-October.

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