Matthew Thomas is a 5-star linebacker coming out of Booker T. Washington high school in Miami, Florida where he just graduated. He sent a letter of intent to Florida State University insinuating that he wanted to play for the Seminoles back in February.
But as we all know 18-year old high school kids can be fickle. The uncertainty began in May. Thomas made public that he was having doubts and second thoughts about attending Florida State. Then his father, Billy Thomas, announced that his son would be enrolling at the University of Southern California. USC was one of Thomas’ three finalists on signing day.
Now after all the back and forth Thomas has announced that he will honor his commitment at FSU. Thomas says he will report to Florida Sate on Saturday, June 22nd.
However, the question now becomes does he have his heart in this decision? Upon closer scrutiny it is revealed that Thomas sent in paperwork asking to be released from Florida State. He has been waiting for FSU to contact him back and send him his release. FSU head coach Jimbo Fisher has not commented on the situation but it is widely speculated that he had no plans to release Thomas from his National Letter of Intent. That being the case, should Thomas enroll in another school without a release from his letter he would have to sit out one year and lose a season of eligibility.
The alternative of losing a year of eligibility is not very desirable. So it would seem that Thomas is not at FSU because he wants to be but rather because he has to be. Time will tell if one of Jimbo Fisher’s top recruits will pay dividends or arrive as damage goods. It is not the best way to start a college career, and not the best way to make a first impression. Thomas will have to prove himself early.
Thomas, at 6-foot-3, 205-pounds, was rated the No. 2 outside linebacker and the No. 15 overall player by Rivals.com. He’s one of two five star recruits signed by FSU in 2013.
Recruiting is tough especially if you’re a coach. But if you’re a fan, the recruiting process can be fun to follow. Which is why national signing day draws so much interest. For fans of their alma maters people want to know who can bolster the program. But when prospective student-athletes flip-flop recruiting can be downright excruciating and maddening. Such is the case with Mathew Thomas.