According to a press release from St. John’s Prep (MA), future Maryland running back Johnathan Thomas will undergo season-ending knee surgery later this week.
Thomas suffered the devastating injury in the second half of the Eagles’ 35-14 loss this past weekend. In May, Thomas announced his intentions to play football in College Park beginning in 2014.
According to ESPN Recruiting, the St. John’s Prep star is rated as the top overall player in the state of Massachusetts for the 2014 class. Thomas also leads the state in rushing with 748 yards and eight total touchdowns. In 2012, he rushed for nearly 1,800 yards and 15 touchdowns for championship-winning Eagles.
In the school’s press release, they indicated that Thomas had a decision to make in whether or not to end his season and undergo the surgery. With a potentially successful college career in his future, it’s definitely in Thomas’ best interests to take care of the knee now. Obviously, we don’t know how Thomas will play into Maryland’s backfield depth next season with Brandon Ross, Wes Brown, Albert Reid, and Jacquille Veii already in the fold.
Not taking offensive linemen into account, Thomas is the fourth offensive skill player in Maryland’s 2014 class. He joins quarterback Will Ulmer, tight end Andrew Gray, and newly-committed wide receiver Juwann Winfree. The Terps may not have a highly ranked class thus far, but there is a ton of talent on both sides of the football.