Thomas Visited By Ohio State

The Buckeyes have been tops on the list for Maryland tailback/wide receiver prospect Lamaar Thomas for some time but are now tied with two other schools for that honor. Thomas' coach had an in-school visit on Friday from an OSU coach, and has the very latest on who was there and why OSU has dropped for Thomas.

Fort Washington (Md.) Friendly running back/wide receiver Lamaar Thomas received two visitors on Friday.

One was a coach from Tennessee, a school not in his top three but could yet get an official visit from the four-star prospect.

The other was Ohio State wide receivers coach Darrell Hazell, who made the trip to Maryland in between duties to the Buckeyes.

"He made the trip out here," Thomas told "I couldn't talk to him, but I went to say hello, shook his hand. He just talked with my coach."

Thomas said he does not know what Hazell and his coach conversed about, but said the fact that he made the trip was important enough to him.

"He came up there around 9 and he only came to Maryland to see me," he said. "It wasn't like he went from my school to some other schools. He just came to see me, and he had to get back to get to a receivers meeting at 1 o'clock. He made it back in time, but I just felt good that the coach actually took some time out the day before a game and the day of they had a practice and meetings and stuff to come see me."

Thomas has said that the primary factor he is looking for in a school is what kind of relationship he can develop with the coaching staff. To that end, the Buckeyes appear to have greatly helped their chances during the weekend.

"Yeah, it really showed that the coaches really do care about me and really do want me," he said. "They're not just saying things – they're actually showing to me that they really do want me. It made me feel real good. That will help. Any coach trying to spending time to come see me will really help build a relationship."

He has received no such visits from his other top two schools – Illinois or Maryland – he said.

That relationship might not be enough to land a verbal commitment from Thomas, however. After listing the Buckeyes as his top choice since a standout performance at an OSU one-day camp this summer, Thomas now has his three schools listed evenly.

It's not so much a case that the Buckeyes have done something to cause them to lose ground, but rather a case that something has changed for Thomas. Primarily a tailback in high school, both the Fighting Illini and the Terrapins want him to play that spot in college. Only the Buckeyes want him to play wide receiver.

While he has said he would be fine with that, doubt is creeping in now, Thomas said.

"I'm just like kind of confused about what position I actually want to play," he said. "That's the only thing that made it different. Nothing really changed at all. I still think Ohio State's great: great facilities, great coaches, great program, but I just need to know what position I want to play at the next level. That's why some things kind of changed."

Thomas has official visits scheduled to see Maryland host West Virginia Sept. 15, OSU host Northwestern Sept. 22 and Illinois host Penn State Sept. 29. He hopes to make a final decision in early October, but said he might also take an official visit to Tennessee Oct. 6.

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