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Penn State Recruiting-RB Johnathan Thomas Flips To Nittany Lions


After a quiet few months on the recruiting trail, things have picked up quickly for a Penn State program that found itself with a few more open spots in the Class of 2014.  On Thursday, the Lions picked up a commitment from perhaps the top tight end in the country in Mike Gesicki.  On Sunday evening, news broke that Johnathan Thomas, who had committed to Maryland in May, had flipped his pledge to PSU.

Thomas, rated 3 stars by 247 sports, is also the 27th best running back in the class, and top player out of Massachusetts.  As a junior, Thomas ran for nearly 1,800 yards and 15 touchdowns, and was on his way to another big year, before injuring his ACL in September.  Thomas actually picked up his Penn State offer prior to the reduction in NCAA sanctions, and was visited by John Strollo during the first PSU bye week last month.  When he picked Maryland in May, Arkansas was the other favorite.  UConn, Boston College had also offered.

Johnathan becomes the 14th member of the class, and with word that De’Andre Thompkins intends to enroll early, that number could possibly go as high as 23, depending on how the staff intends to get below the 75 total scholarship limit for the 2014 season.

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  • Willie Green

    A 3-star RB with an ACL injury when we need LBs and beef in the trenches?

    Please forgive me if I sound unenthusiastic about this one. I’m sure that he must be a great kid.

    • PSUMatt2005

      There are 9 more slots in this class, with 2-3 LBs being targeted, as well as 2-3 of the bigger name DL in the country.

      This is a player that had nearly 1,800 yards a year ago, and was on his way to that, or better, this year before being hurt. I have zero issue with the offer.

  • Russ McDaid

    Concur, no issue w/ this at all. Nobody raised concerns when PSU kept Brenneman when he blew his knee out. Why? Star rankings? Friendship w/ Hack? Probably MORE OF A RISK w/ Brenneman since they knew they would be at 65 ships, and TE position was well stocked. Have to trust the staff, and the kid’s rehab on this one–welcome him to the fold!

    • Willie Green

      Breneman was already committed to Penn State for 3 months before his ACL injury, and not only remained committed through the original imposition of sanctions, but also actively encouraged other recruits to come to Penn State.

      Thomas was a Terps commit for 4 months before we offered him, promptly tore his ACL a week after the offer, and then switched his committment a month later.

      I have nothing against Thomas. I’m glad that he’s happy with his choice. I just can’t get enthusiastic about him when we have other positional needs.

  • James V.

    Who wouldn’t want to play in front of the Greatest Fans in College Football? We Are…Penn State!!!

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