Buckeyes Vault up Thomas's List

Lamaar Thomas had a great time at the Ohio State camp where he got to mingle with players, former players, coaches and fellow 2008 recruits. Scout.com caught up with Thomas to get his latest thoughts following that visit.

Lamaar Thomas, a 5-foot-11, 185-pound athlete from Friendly High in Fort Washington, Md., is one of the more highly regarded athletes on the East Coast.

Thomas, who is currently rated as the No. 23 running back in the nation by Scout.com, holds offers from schools like Maryland, Illinois, North Carolina, Ohio State, Florida, Tennessee and Boston College.

Thomas has consistently placed schools like Illinois and Maryland at or near the top of his list, but Ohio State definitely made a huge impression on Thomas after rolling out the red carpet for him on a recent visit.

"The Ohio State camp went real well," Thomas began. "I picked up a lot of stuff, and I really liked the campus a whole lot. Their facilities are only like a month old, and they are really nice. I loved it."

"I enjoyed working with the coaches, and I picked up a lot of stuff I never knew before. I enjoyed getting to talk to and work with former players. Anthony Gonzalez worked with me on my route running and I picked up a lot from him."

"Ohio State made a big jump for me," Thomas continued. "Going in to the visit they were around the fifth school on my list, but they definitely moved up towards the top now. Their campus was just amazing."

"They have a family atmosphere, and a lot of the current commits and their families were there. The families all seemed to be getting along great with everybody. They really opened my eyes."

Thomas admitted early on in the process that he wanted to be a running back on the next level, but he reports that he is down to six schools, and they are split on what position that he will play on the next level.

"I am down to Maryland, Illinois, North Carolina, Ohio State, Florida and Tennessee," Thomas informed. "I would like to narrow it down to three and make my decision in late September. I am going to be taking visits to Tennessee and Florida, and then I will try to narrow it down to three by the end of the summer."

"I have definitely softened my stance on what position I will play on the next level. Once I figured out that I have what it takes it helped me realize that I can be valuable at running back or split out. Three of my final six are looking at me strictly at running back and three are saying wide receiver. A lot of these camps really opened my eyes to the wide receiver position."

It did not take Thomas long to name a player that he would like to pattern himself after when he gets to college.

"I like to say that I play a little like Reggie Bush," Thomas explained. "He can play running back or wide receiver. He has nice speed, good hands, and has a great knowledge of the game."

Thomas finished his junior season with 42 carries for over 800 yards and also caught 22 balls for over 350 yards. He also runs the 100 and 200m, with reported best times of 10.30 and 21.40 seconds, respectively.

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