“It was his grandfather’s birthday, and he told me they would be driving through Maryland on a Saturday. I know Edsall, but it was a last minute thing so I contacted the recruiting coordinator. I told him I’ve got this kid, who is a really good player, and he told me nobody would be in the office on Saturday. I sent him a link to Johnny’s highlight tape, and got a call back 10 minutes later. He told me coach Edsall would be there at 10 o’clock on Saturday morning to meet with Johnny.
“After that initial meeting he went back and stayed overnight. He felt it was the right fit for him, and was comfortable about everything. He knew what he wanted and made a thoughtful decision. His older brother Nate is at Brown, and I really think Johnny’s mother wanted him to choose Yale. We’ve been blessed at our school with people like Brian St. Pierre (BC), Nick Borsetti (Notre Dame), and Rob Konrad (Syracuse), who all made thoughtful decisions while being heavily recruited. They all went about it the right way, and that’s what Johnny is doing, too.”
With most of the recruiting process settled, Thomas is ready to focus on summer workouts and getting back on the field next fall.
“I feel great now; I feel free,” said Thomas. “I am very happy with my decision. I couldn’t go wrong wherever I decided to go, but I wanted to get the recruiting process over with. It was really stressful for me. I called several schools that had offered me scholarships to tell them I decided to go to Maryland.”