Five-star linebacker Matthew Thomas will play for Florida State after all
[dropcap]M[/dropcap]atthew Thomas will play for Florida State after all.
Thomas, a 5-star linebacker that signed with the FSU in February, made waves last month when he told the Miami Herald that he wanted out of his Letter of Intent so that he could play for USC or Georgia.
In a statement released Tuesday evening to Warchant.com, Thomas says that he has changed his mind and will be a Seminole:
“After meeting with coach Fisher and his staff and gathering all the information I have decided to honor my commitment to Florida State. I also want to be close to my family and I want be part of what they are building at Florida State. I’m looking forward to winning games at Florida State and building towards my future.”
The 6-foot-3, 205-pound Thomas was a star at Miami (Fla.) Booker T. Washington High and was the No. 2 outside linebacker and the No. 15 overall player by Rivals.com.
Thomas told the Herald on May 6 that he signed with Florida State because of pressure he felt to make his mother happy. He had requested to be released him from his Letter of Intent, but FSU athletic director Randy Spetman confirmed later that month that the university had no plans to release him.
The picture became even more cloudy in recent days when Thomas’ father Billy Thomas told multiple media outlets that his son planned to enroll at Southern Cal, and that his son was willing to sit out a year, if necessary.
Regardless, Thomas told Warchant that he will report to Tallahassee on Saturday.
“I’m on board, I’m here and let’s win some games,” he said.
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