Matthew Thomas, a highly touted five-star linebacker out of Booker T. Washington high school, has informed coaches Jimbo Fisher and Jeremy Pruitt that he would like to be released from his scholarship at Florida State so that he can play at the University of Georgia or Southern California.
“I’ve told them it’s nothing personal,” Thomas said. “I just didn’t make the decision I really wanted to on Signing Day.”
“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.”
“I’ve been in Miami all my life,” he said, according to the paper. “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.”
Personally, I have never seen a situation quite like this and it will be interesting to see how the Florida State coaching staff handles it. Thomas is an elite prospect at the linebacker position and I’m sure Jimbo Fisher and Jeremy Pruitt will be doing all they can to make sure he is a Seminole in the fall.