Published May 6, 2013 - 3:52pmNEW: Follow on facebook -
2013 Five-star linebacker Matthew Thomas wants a release from his scholarship at FSU so he can re-sign at Georgia or USC.
According to 247Sports composite rankings, Thomas was the eighth overall player in the country and the second ranked outside linebacker.
Thomas said FSU’s coaches do not want to release him and told him they were planning to visit him in South Florida and talk things over, via Miami Herald.
“I’ve told them it’s nothing personal. I just didn’t make the decision I really wanted to on Signing Day,” said Thomas, who picked the Seminoles over USC, Georgia and Miami.
“What happened was on Signing Day [was] I wasn’t sure who I wanted to sign with. I had issues with different schools. But when I told my mom I didn’t want to sign with anybody and wait and give it a few days she said I couldn’t do that. She said, ‘FSU is a good school – pick them. It’s close to home.’ I wasn’t agreeing with it. But I felt like I was being disrespectful to her if I didn’t sign. So I made her happy.”
Thomas expressed that his mom and dad are now supporting him, but it will be at Florida State’s discretion whether or not they will release him.
Thomas also expressed that he talked to Jimbo Fisher and defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt last month and told them he’s not planning on reporting to school in the fall.
“I’ve been in Miami all my life. Georgia needs linebackers. It’s a big program. I have family in Georgia. USC, growing up I never thought I would have an opportunity that big. I just want to go have fun and play football.”
If FSU were to release him, it looks like Georgia could be the favorite to land Thomas.
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