Still Tops For Thomas

The Buckeyes have not landed any new verbal commitments since their one-day senior advanced camp on June 22, but that does not mean they have not made progress with any players. Find out where the Buckeyes still rank on the list of Maryland tailback/wideout Lamaar Thomas and when he might be making a decision.

It's been exactly two weeks since Lamaar Thomas put on a performance at an Ohio State camp that vaulted him up the Buckeyes' recruiting charts.

Two weeks since he got one-on-one instruction from former wideout Anthony Gonzalez, two weeks since he was blown way by the campus and two weeks since he moved the Buckeyes to the top of his list following his visit to Columbus on June 22.

Thankfully for the Buckeyes, however, OSU has not lost its luster for Thomas as time has passed.

"My thoughts are still the same," he told "They still have the best campus I've seen. I had a good time down there. They have nice facilities, great coaches. I feel like I could learn from them."

Before coming to Columbus, the Fort Washington (Md.) Friendly tailback admitted he knew little about the OSU program aside from some on-and-off contact with the coaching staff.

While he admitted to being impressed by the newly renovated Woody Hayes Athletic Center that includes a new weight room and three pools – complete with underwater treadmills and cameras to monitor rehab practice – it was something less tangible that impressed him the most about the Buckeyes.

"The biggest surprise was how family-like it was, where they had players coming back to help out," he said. "Everything seemed real close together. The players come back, they see the coach, they help out in drills and stuff like that."

An all-purpose standout on offense, the 5-10, 166-pound Thomas scored 14 touchdowns as a junior – seven as a tailback, five as a receiver and two as a kick returner. His abilities at the camp have the Buckeyes envisioning him as a Ted Ginn Jr.- type of threat – a quick wideout who can take quick screens and reverses in addition to catching passes and returning kicks.

That role is fine with Thomas, who said he would not mind being a wideout or a tailback in college.

"I'm kind of used to playing different positions on the field," he said. "I'm going to have to learn more and get better at any position that I play, so it wouldn't be a really big adjustment."

Currently, Thomas lines up in the backfield alongside Josh Haden, a four-star tailback prospect who has verbaled to Boston College. Haden is renowned for his speed, but head coach George Earley said he thinks Thomas is even faster.

"To me, it's a toss-up between him and Josh right now but I think Lamarr's a little bit quicker than Josh," Earley said. "He came out and broke the state record in track in field in the 55 indoor this year."

Thomas is in constant contact with three verbal members of OSU's class of 2008: Michael Brewster, DeVier Posey and Jake Stoneburner, all of whom speak to him on a daily basis. That helps the Buckeyes' chances, Thomas said.

"Oh yeah, most definitely," he said. "I don't really (talk) with people from other schools as much except for Illinois because I know a couple people there from the D.C. area, but other than that I don't really talk to people from other schools. Me building a good friendship means that I can trust them, and it's making it better."

The Buckeyes still lead for Thomas' services. He has a top six right now of OSU, Illinois, Maryland, Tennessee, Florida and North Carolina – all of whom have offered. He plans to narrow his list to three schools by the time his senior season begins, and from there he will make a final decision sometime in September.

The top factor he will use to do so is potential playing time.

"I want to be able to get on the field as soon as I can," he said. "I want it to be my true freshman year, but if I'm not ready, if I go to a school and they don't think I'm ready, then I'd be willing to sit out that year but I want to get out on the field."

Lamaar Thomas Highlights-

Buckeye Sports Top Stories