Maryland snagged its first out-of-area recruit for the class of 2014 on Thursday afternoon when St. John’s Prep (Mass.) running back Johnathan Thomas announced his commitment to the Terrapins.

Listed as a four-star prospect by and three stars by, Thomas is among the state’s top-ranked players, regardless of position. Per, Thomas led the Eagles to the MIAA Division 1 title, rushing for 1,794 yards and 15 touchdowns on 220 carries.

Thomas, who also held offers from Arkansas, Connecticut and Boston College among others, returned from visiting the Razorbacks on Monday and chatted with Maryland Coach Randy Edsall late Wednesday night. He’s projected as a speedy, shifty running back, somewhat of a hybrid between current players Wes Brown and Brandon Ross.

“They envision me being a program changer,” Thomas told ESPNBoston. They’re taking that big step moving into the Big Ten in 2014, and that’s what they said they see in me. And they’re truthful about what. … They said the best player is going to play, so I’m going to be competing to play.”

Thomas joins quarterback Will Ulmer (St. John’s College, Washington D.C.) and offensive lineman Jared Cohen (Mcdonogh School, Owings Mills, Md.) as the current commits for Maryland’s class of 2014.

The Boston Herald first reported the commitment. I’ll have more after speaking with Thomas on Thursday night.

(Highlights also available via Hudl)