FSU recruit seeks release after reportedly signing under duress
Linebacker Matthew Thomas, who is ESPN’s sixth overall prospect and number one overall linebacker, had originally signed his letter of intent to play for Florida State. The Booker T. Washington linebacker is now reportedly seeking his release from the team in order to sign with Georgia or Southern California.
However, Thomas told the Miami Herald that the Florida State coaches do not want to give him his release and plan to visit with him this week to discuss his future.
“I’ve told them it’s nothing personal. 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. 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.”