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Five-star 2013 FSU wants release to transfer to USC or UGA

Matthew Thomas

Well, this is certainly an interesting if not somewhat expected development.

As one of two five-star members of Florida State’s 10th-ranked 2013 recruiting class, Matthew Thomas was expected to be a linchpin of the Seminoles’ defense for the next couple years.  Instead, Thomas told the Miami Herald that he is seeking a release from his FSU scholarship without ever having ever played a down at the school.

A handful of days after signing with FSU, Thomas stated in mid-February that he would’ve signed with USC instead but his mother would not sign the National Letter of Intent.

In essence, the Miami, Fla., product signed with the in-state school to make his mom happy.

“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 told the Herald that he informed head coach Jimbo Fisher of his desire to be released late last month.  The paper writes that “FSU’s coaches do not want to release him and told him last week they’re planning on visiting him in South Florida to try and talk things over.”

If the 6-3, 205-pound Thomas, the No. 2 outside linebacker and No. 15 player at any position in the country in this year’s class, is granted a release, he confirmed that he would transfer to either Georgia — he says he has family there — or USC.

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27 Responses to “Five-star 2013 FSU wants release to transfer to USC or UGA”
  1. ocon171 says: May 6, 2013 7:47 PM

    Come be a dawg!!

  2. thegamecocker says: May 6, 2013 7:57 PM

    He’s already a dog.

  3. going4iton4th says: May 6, 2013 8:02 PM

    So…you sign with a school just to make your mom happy and give her “respect” just to turn around and transfer? I guess that word is your bond thing doesn’t apply here. Mommy needs to let the kid make his own decisions.

  4. thekatman says: May 6, 2013 8:16 PM

    Hey Matthew:
    Coming to USC would be the best decision of your young life. When you’re a USC Trojan family member, you’re a Trojan for life, and the NFL connections to past alumni is astonishingly vast, forceful and historic.

    We’ll keep the light on for ya and look for you on campus during the Summer….

    As always, Fight On brothers and sisters.
    Beat everybody!

  5. floridacock says: May 6, 2013 8:22 PM


  6. thefiesty1 says: May 6, 2013 8:50 PM

    Mommas’s boy! Be a man and step up. What’s the matter with these kids. Oh yea, their just kids with no clue.

  7. jimmy53 says: May 6, 2013 8:51 PM

    He took a scholarship away from someone deserving, and he has to be held accountable for that. Go, good riddance, but plan to sit out for a while.

  8. canetic says: May 6, 2013 9:05 PM

    Let’s compromise and let him into Miami instead.

  9. Deb says: May 6, 2013 9:58 PM

    What’s the matter with these kids??? The problem isn’t the kids. The problem is a system that requires parental consent for graduating seniors regarding the college they’ll attend when the parents won’t be contributing one dime to tuition. Thomas told FSU he would not have signed the letter if he’d been free to make his own choice. Neither the Seminoles nor the NCAA should hold him hostage now.

    If kids don’t need parental consent to join the military at 18, why do they need parental consent to join a football team? If they’re under 18 on National Signing Day but are graduating seniors and will turn 18 by Jan. 1st, then parental consent should be waived. Recruits who look to their parents for positive influence will continue to do so. But others won’t be sidetracked by parents who have their own agendas.

  10. mrlaloosh says: May 6, 2013 10:38 PM

    Momma gonna have to give back the signing “bonus”.

  11. atxcane says: May 6, 2013 10:40 PM

    Crappy timing. The reality is he wanted to go *away* for school, but mom wanted him to stay *at home* (Miami). The compromise was FSU — far enough from home that he felt ‘away’, but close enough to satisfy Mom and Dad.

    Since signing day though, Mom has come to accept him going farther away from home (probably realized a trip to LA is just as long as the 8 hour drive to Tallahassee). Now he’s somewhat got her blessing and wants to go to first choice (USC).

    Oddly enough, I kinda expect that he should have to sit out a year though. Every year it seems these signing day ‘do-overs’ increase and just makes recruiting an even bigger pain in the ass.

  12. addict2sport says: May 6, 2013 10:49 PM

    Does USC even have a scholly for him? Kiffin is gonna take the beatings, again, if he pulls from someone who just went thru Spring Ball to potentially scholly this kid.

  13. fruitcovejag says: May 6, 2013 11:48 PM

    He still doesn’t know where he wants to go!

  14. ningenito78 says: May 7, 2013 12:01 AM

    This shouldn’t even be an issue. He should be allowed to go. He’s an 18 year old kid. He made a mistake signing with FSU and he’s owning up to it. Let him go wherever he wants.

  15. thekatman says: May 7, 2013 12:02 AM

    Thee are plenty of 2013 schollies available. USC did not sign the max allowed at 15 for 2013 and the 3 left over from 2012.

  16. jimbo75025 says: May 7, 2013 5:25 AM

    ningenito78 says:May 7, 2013 12:01 AM

    This shouldn’t even be an issue. He should be allowed to go. He’s an 18 year old kid. He made a mistake signing with FSU and he’s owning up to it. Let him go wherever he wants.
    Yes, FSU really has no choice but to let him go, but he should certainly have to sit out a year. An 18 year old “kid” is still an adult and responsible for his decisions. If he was/is still 17 it was done with parental consent.

    If they wanted to, FSU could put some serious limitations on where he could go-no team they could even remotely have to play in the next 5 years, etc.

  17. thekatman says: May 7, 2013 10:35 AM

    If Matthew enrolled at FSU this Spring, then he will have to redshirt one season, but if he is still in hi school and is planning to start during the summer sessions or Fall, then he is free to transfer.

    It is in the best interest of the school and the kid to let him go. No penalties, ,no foul, move on.

  18. spzzie says: May 7, 2013 10:54 AM

    If coaches can do it players can do it

  19. dawgs105 says: May 7, 2013 11:05 AM

    Pick UGA. It worked out better for a Jarvis Jones at UGA than USC.

  20. thekatman says: May 7, 2013 12:01 PM

    Tough folks may not know nor remember, Jarvis Jones was medically sidelined due to a fracture in one of the vertabrae in his neck. He decided to roll the dics and play at another school. UGA was playing craps by accepting Jones’ transfer. Yes, he played a great set of years at Georgia and should be very good in the NFL, but USC is very conservative when it comes to the health of its players, and to, frankly the truth, the litigation factors, as most schools do.

  21. scalpemseminoles says: May 7, 2013 12:32 PM

    Nut up and stick with the choice you made. I get letting him leave if thats what he wants but what a low person he seems to be.

  22. Deb says: May 7, 2013 12:43 PM

    @thekatman …

    My Steelers have high hopes for Jones, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him win the starting spot from Ziggy Hood before the season starts. Glad Georgia was willing to take that gamble.

  23. dawgs105 says: May 7, 2013 1:16 PM

    I doubt Jarvis would play DE. More likely he will stick to the same position as he did in college, OLB. Meaning he will fill the spot vacated by James Harrison.

  24. necr0philia says: May 7, 2013 4:56 PM

    Why would anyone pick FSU anyway?

  25. Deb says: May 7, 2013 8:38 PM

    @dawgs105 …

    Thanks :) Actually, I meant Jason Worilds, not Ziggy Hood–who’s from my alma mater, Mizzou. As of now, Worilds has Harrison’s spot at OLB, and that’s the guy Jones will have to beat for the starting job (which I fully expect him to do).

    Don’t know why I posted Ziggy’s name instead of Worilds’s. As someone who’s been complaining all spring about the team’s failure to reach an agreement with Harrison, I’ve posted umpteen times that I don’t think Worilds is ready to start. So I definitely know who James’s replacement is. But the boys of CFT get such a kick out of it when I screw up that it’s good for me to throw them a bone once in a while 😉

  26. chachooga says: May 7, 2013 9:20 PM

    Wow Tim “Ice” Harris who is head coach at Booker T Washington has had a circus this year. His other star OL got all fussy with UM and coaches had to calm him down only to have him pick Arkansas.

    Now the FSU coaches are going to visit Booker T??!?!?!? What a joke.

    Rumor is neither of these guys can actually qualify….we will see.

    Can’t stand H.S. coaches that allow this nonsense. I love the staff at St. Thomas Aquinas in S. Florida. Commit and stay committed. Don’t do the circus.

    Go Noles!!!

  27. metalhead65 says: May 8, 2013 11:07 AM

    make him stay! I mean it’s not as if his coach can just decide to leave at any time to go to another school and coach right away? if he should decide to coach elsewhere fsu can tell him what schools he can do that at right?… oh wait never mind.

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