One only needs to look at the offer list of offensive lineman Jaimie Thomas to see what college coaches think about him. He has a clear leader, but who else is he considering?
"Maryland is my top choice right now," he said. "They aren't too far from home, they've done a great job with offensive linemen the last couple of years and they're clearly a program on the rise. With the ACC becoming a much stronger league next year there will also be great competition."
Who else is the 6-foot-4, 320-pound guard from Harrisburgh (Pa.) Bishop McDevitt looking at?
"North Carolina, Tennessee, NC State and Virginia are the four others in my top five. Tennessee is probably number two at this point, just because they're already established as one of the top football schools in the country. I'd like to get out to all of those schools again before I make my decision early next year."
Thomas has offers from all five of his leaders, plus others from schools like Boston College, Duke and Penn State. Has he set up any official visits?
"I'm going to the Maryland-Virginia game at College Park on Nov. 13th, I'm visiting Virginia on Dec. 13th and I know I'm taking an official visit to UNC some time. I'll probably go see another game or two at Maryland and Virginia, and I might take a trip to NC State or Tennessee. If I get a chance then I'd like to, but I'm not sure with my schedule."