Buckeyes Stay On Thomas' List

Running back/wide receiver prospect Lamaar Thomas has narrowed his list to three schools, and the Buckeyes are one of them. Find out which Ohio State coach will be visiting him soon, when he will be visiting Columbus and when we can expect a final decision.

There is an end in sight for Lamaar Thomas' recruiting process.

A four-star tailback prospect who is also getting looked at to play wide receiver, the senior from Fort Washington (Md.) Friendly has narrowed his final decision down to three schools: Ohio State, Maryland and Illinois in no particular order.

The last three weekends of September will be spent taking official visits to those three, he said.

"I have all three of them lined up already," he told BuckeyeSports.com. "I'm going to Maryland on the 15th against West Virginia, Ohio State on the 22nd for the Northwestern game and Illinois on the 29th for the Penn State game."

From there, the 5-10, 178-pound prospect said he plans to not wait long before making a decision.

"After those visits I'll probably talk it over with my family and come up with a decision about a week or so after that," he said. "In early October I'll make my decision."

After carrying the ball 42 times for more than 800 yards and catching 22 passes for more than 350 yards, Thomas quickly shot up OSU's recruiting board with a standout performance in a senior one-day advanced camp in late June.

Since then, he has frequently listed the Buckeyes as the team to beat for his services. Now he says he has no leader, but he knows what will help him select one.

"Right now I just want to build a good relationship with the coaches and see which coaches I feel I can trust the most and just see what offers I could see me playing at," he said.

He also receives occasional contact from Tennessee, he said.

Since August 1, college coaches have been prohibited from communicating with high school players via text messaging. While Thomas said that has been somewhat nice, it has made things more difficult as he has tried to narrow his list.

"It was kind of nice, but then again it was kind of bad," he said. "I couldn't depend on me text messaging the coaches. I had to take time out to call them, where I used to be able to text them on the go. If I was in the car I could just text the coaches and say, ‘What's up?' but now I have to take time out to actually call them."

Coaches are now permitted to make one phone call per week to prospects. Thomas said he spoke with OSU wide receivers coach Darrell Hazell on Sunday and that Hazell is planning on visiting him at school Friday.

It likely helps the Buckeyes' cause that Thomas said he is building a solid relationship with the OSU wideouts coach, although he admits to having good relationships with the three recruiters he is still primarily considering.

"Me and Coach Hazell have a good relationship," he said. "He talks to my father a lot, I talk to him when I call him. We talk about different things like off-the-field stuff as well and we also talk about things on the field. We have a good relationship."

Thomas said he also keeps in contact with two verbal members of OSU's class of 2008: DeVier Posey and Michael Brewster, although he hears from Posey more frequently.

"I feel real comfortable knowing I have people that have already committed trying to get me to come to their school with them," he said. "Making friends makes it even better."

Thomas' season will begin on Friday when Friendly plays Baltimore (Md.) Edmonson Westside. It will be the first step toward repeating as state champions.

"Individually I just want to go out and do the best I can, whatever I can do to help my team," he said. "As a team, I just want to repeat and win another state championship."

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