Better late with the news than never, right, guys?
Johnathan Thomas, ladies and gentlemen!
Home/HS: Danvers, MA/St John's Prep
Weight: 205 lbs
Recruited by: John Strollo & Charles London
Starz 'n Sheetz:
Stars: 3* 247, Scout, Rivals; 4* ESPN
Offer Sheet: Maryland, Arkansas, Boston College, Connecticut, Holy Cross, U Mass, Yale
see more highlights via Hudl here.
Surprising virtually everyone (including the staff at BSD), Thomas flipped from the Terrapins late on Sunday night, becoming the fourteenth member of Bill O'Brien's class of 2014.
Thomas originally committed to the University of Maryland back in May, after taking a visit to Bert Bielema's Razorback program. He was the Terrapins' sole RB in this class before his decommitment; he picked up an offer from Penn State in September, just before suffering a season-ending knee injury (ACL).
The #1/2 prospect in Massachusetts told Lions 247 that Penn State was his dream school, saying "It is truly a blessing to know that I will be getting an outstanding education at Penn State University."
Prior to Thomas' injury, he led his state in rushing yards and touchdowns. He played defense in high school as well as running back (as evidenced by the video above) but will likely focus on offense and special teams in the next level, one of O'Brien's targeted multi-way commits
Thomas is the second running back in this expanded class of 2014, along with MD RB Mark Allen; the new commit, though, already has four inches and twenty pounds on Allen, and likely will transform into a bigger, bruising back once he reaches campus and enters the tutelage of Craig Fitzgerald.
Welcome to Penn State, Johnathan!
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