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First offer rolls in for MD corner

The first offer has come in for cornerback Derrick Thomas out of Greenbelt (Md.) Eleanor Roosevelt. The 6-foot-0, 173-pounder holds an offer from the ACC, but is receiving interest from numerous other schools in the ACC, Big East and SEC.
"I got offered by Maryland three weeks ago," he said. "I like Maryland. They have a really good atmosphere there. I've been up there a couple times and they showed me good hospitality. I really like the coaching staff too.
"I'm getting a lot of interest from other schools. I think Louisville, Rutgers and Pittsburgh are close to offering. I'm also hearing from North Carolina, Vanderbilt and Connecticut."
Is there an early leader for Thomas?
"Not right now," he stated. "I'm showing interest in anybody that is interested in me.
"I want a school with a good education and somewhere I can play. I also want a family environment. I am thinking about engineering or architecture and location doesn't matter to me at all."
This spring Thomas plans to attend the Nike Combine in Baltimore and the Elite College Combine.
Last season the Maryland prospect played big for Eleanor Roosevelt all over the field.
"I had a pretty good season and made a lot of big plays," he said. "I averaged about 20-yards a catch and had 11 touchdowns. I also had two kickoff and two punt returns for touchdowns along with three interceptions on defense.
"I think I saw a big improvement in my play from my 10th grade year. I worked harder and made a bigger impact. I think I showed my quickness, speed and desire. I still want to work on my strength as far as my legs and core."
Thomas isn't just a talented football player, but also a star in track participating in the junior Olympics and placing fourth in the nation in the 4x1.