National Signing Day was over three months ago, but one the football recruits remains undecided.
Matthew Thomas announced on Feb.6 that he would play for Florida State. The linebacker stated it was the best decision for him and his family and that he would suit up for the Seminoles in 2013.
Now, the FSU recruit has changed his mind. Thomas is asking Florida State to release him from his contract.
"I've told them it's nothing personal," Thomas told the Miami Herald. "I just didn't make the decision I really wanted to on Signing Day."
Thomas told the paper that his mother influenced his decision to commit to FSU, even though he wasn’t ready to choose a school. His mother wanted him to go to Florida State because she said it's a good school and close to his home.
If the Seminoles agree to let Thomas change schools, he already has two in mind that he might like to join. It appears that USC and Georgia will battle for the right to land the star recruit.
"Georgia needs linebackers. It's a big program. I have family in Georgia,” explained Thomas. “USC, growing up I never thought I would have an opportunity that big. I just want to go have fun and play football."
Getting Thomas to commit would be a big boost to either USC or Georgia. The Bulldogs have the 12th best 2013 recruiting class, according to rivals.com, but are without a five-star recruit. The Trojans lead all teams with 12 five and four-star recruits, but don’t have any three-star recruits, according to the site.
Almost all of the experts feel Thomas will have a big impact in college football. He was offered a scholarship by numerous top programs, including Miami and Alabama. Rivals.com puts him as the No.15 overall recruit for 2013, while ESPN has him at No.6.
Coming out of Booker T. Washington High School in Florida, Thomas is listed at 6’3 and 210 pounds. The terrific speed he possesses at his size might make him the best outside linebacker in the 2013 class. As he gets bigger in his college career, Thomas should evolve into a top-tier defensive player.
As Thomas tries to decide between USC and Georgia, the Trojans might have a slight advantage. Shortly after he committed to FSU, the linebacker told Josh Newberg of floridastate.247sports.com that his mother is the only reason that he didn’t go play for Lane Kiffin at USC.
“I was honestly thinking USC. I was trying to get the LOI and everything ready and signed first. But my mom didn't want to sign it. She didn't want me to go to USC.”
Now that Thomas has decided to go against his mother’s wishes, he could go to his first choice.