Offers are continuing to roll in for Fort Washington (Md.) Friendly running back Lamaar Thomas. The 5-foot-10, 166-pounder claims three official offers and says two of the schools are standing out at this time.
"It's been pretty busy for me in the last month," he said. "A lot of coaches are text messaging me including Tennessee, Maryland, Georgia, Illinois, Connecticut, Rutgers and Virginia," he said. "I do now have two more offers as well from Illinois and Ohio State. I finally got the paperwork for both.
"I like both of those schools. I was supposed to visit Illinois, but had to cancel because of weather. I want to get out to Illinois soon for a visit. I'm also planning to go up to Ohio State's junior day on March 10th. I really want to go up and see the campus and get to know the coaches better."
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With three offers in hand, does anyone stand out for the Rivals250 prospect's services?
"The two schools leading are Illinois and Maryland," he said. "Mainly it's them because of the amount of attention the coaches show me with text messages. I've met coach Locksley before and he's a cool down-to-earth kind of guy. As far Maryland, there's a comfort with them. I'm able to communicate with the coaches' pretty well and I've been up there often to meet with them."
Thomas currently has three offers in hand, although claims a verbal too.
"I do have a verbal I got in the past couple weeks from Georgia."
The schools jumping on the junior tailback early appear to have the advantage for his signature.
"I want to make a decision before the 2007 football season starts. It is big for those schools that have offered," he stated. "I'm talking about graduating early from high school and I want to make my decision early so I can concentrate on my senior season."
In the meantime, Thomas is keeping busy running track.
"It's going really well. I just won the state championship by setting the record in the 55 meter," he said. "I was really excited when I did that. I was nervous just before the competition since it was my first time at state, but I focused."
Obviously the 2008 running back has the ability to run track at the next level. Is that something he's looking to pursue?
"A couple colleges, Maryland and Illinois have already told me I'll be able to run indoor track if I go there," he said. "I don't know if it's a big factor in my decision, but I think I will want to run if the school allows me to."