Terps lose running back commit Thomas to Penn State

Massachusetts verbal was lone running back in Terps' Class of 2014

October 20, 2013|By Jonas Shaffer, The Baltimore Sun

Maryland lost wide receivers Stefon Diggs and Deon Long to injury on Saturday. Then it lost to Wake Forest. Now it has lost one of its top commitments to a rival-in-waiting.

Running back Johnathan Thomas reportedly reneged on his pledge to the Terps on Sunday and orally commited to Penn State. 247sports.com first reported the news.

"I'm very exited and blessed to be a part of the Penn State family," he told 247's Sean Fitz. "Penn State has always been my dream school and it is truly a blessing to know that I will be getting an outstanding education at Penn State University."

Thomas was the lone running back in Maryland's Class of 2014. Before a season-ending knee injury last month, the St. John's Prep (Mass.) running back had been a front-runner for state player of the year.

He committed to the Terps in May over offers from Arkansas, Boston College and Connecticut, among others.

"A lot of people here, they’re not happy about my decision, but it’s about me," Thomas, who lives in Peabody, Mass., told The Sun's Matt Bracken at the time. "It’s not about making other people happy. It's about my happiness."

And this weekend, that made a lot of Terps fans even more unhappy. If that was even possible.

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