Four-star Johnathan Thomas commits

Danvers (Mass.) St. John's Prep running back Johnathan Thomas has verbally committed to the University of Maryland, he confirmed to ESPNBoston.com this afternoon.

Dan Ventura of the Boston Herald was first to report the commitment.

The 5-foot-11, 205-pound Thomas, a Salem resident, is a four-star running back prospect, and one of two four-star prospects in New England, along with Norwich (Conn.) Free Academy running back Marcus Outlow, a Boston College commitment.

Thomas was an ESPN Boston All-State selection after helping lead the Eagles to their first MIAA Division 1 Super Bowl title in 15 years, carrying 220 times for 1,794 yards and 15 touchdowns. He added nine catches for 153 yards and three touchdowns, and defensively added 20.5 tackles and two interceptions. He was one of five finalists for ESPN Boston's annual "Mr. Football" award, given to the best player in Massachusetts, and the only junior named to the list.

Thomas chose the Terrapins over offers from Arkansas, Boston College, UConn, UMass, Virginia and Holy Cross.