St. John's Prep announced this evening that senior running back Johnathan Thomas is out for the remainder of the season, after injuring his knee in the second half of the No. 4 Eagles' 35-14 loss to No. 2 Everett.
The 5-foot-11, 205-pound Thomas is a four-star running back prospect and the No. 1 Class of 2014 prospect in Massachusetts according to ESPNU. He committed to Maryland last May. Currently, Thomas leads the state in rushing yards with 748 yards and eight total touchdowns.
Thomas was an ESPN Boston All-State selection in 2012 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 also added nine catches for 153 yards and three touchdowns, and defensively added 20.5 tackles and two interceptions. He was also 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.
Prep's communications director, Beth Forbes, released the following statement to the local media:
DANVERS, MASS. -- Johnny Thomas's father, Nate Thomas, spoke with St. John's Prep Athletic Director Jim O'Leary this afternoon, and Mr. Thomas has asked the school to share this information with you. After an MRI, and following a consultation with Johnny's doctor today, the family has decided that he will undergo knee surgery at the end of this week. Although Johnny is disappointed that this means he will not play for the rest of the season, he is looking forward to a full recovery and getting started with the rehabilitation process.
Currently sitting at 2-2, Prep begins Catholic Conference this week, hosting Malden Catholic on Saturday afternoon.