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Five-star LB to play for Florida State after all

Matthew Thomas

The Matthew Thomas story has finally come to an end.

In a statement issued to Warchant.com Tuesday evening, the five-star linebacker who signed his National Letter of Intent with the Seminoles in February confirmed he will play for FSU this fall after publicly wavering on his commitment this spring.

“After meeting with coach Fisher and his staff and gathering all the information I have decided to honor my commitment to Florida State,” Thomas said in his statement to the site. “I also want to be close to my family and I want be part of what they are building at Florida State. I’m looking forward to winning games at Florida State and building towards my future.”

Thomas will report to Florida State on Saturday. The news comes just one day after Thomas’ father told multiple media outlets that his son wanted to attend USC — the school he was originally planning on signing with this past February.

“No disrespect to Florida State but Matthew is willing to take the punishment if there is one,” Billy Thomas told ESPN.com Monday. “He’s hoping Jimbo will let him go.”

Thomas, considered to be the No. 2 outside linebacker and No. 15 player at any position in the country from this year’s class, told the Miami Herald in early May that he signed with the Seminoles to make his mother happy and that he hoped to receive his release from FSU. However, FSU athletic director Randy Spetman confirmed later that month that the university had no plans to release Thomas from his NLI.

That’s understandable since it’s not FSU’s fault Thomas made a decision based on what his mother wanted and not what he wanted. DC Reeves of Warchant.com adds that Thomas stuck with the ‘Noles because, apparently, he was unwilling to sit out a year to satisfy NCAA transfer rules. That would obviously clash with his father’s statements about “taking the punishment.”

Whatever the reason, here’s hoping Thomas is doing what he wants to do. Not what someone else wants for him.

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13 Responses to “Five-star LB to play for Florida State after all”
  1. donovandancy says: Jun 11, 2013 10:19 PM

    Man, it’s almost as if some “bloggers” should have kept in mind perhaps a father who hasn’t been ina kids life in over a decade isn’t exactly a primary source.

    … or more realistically, perhaps Lane Kiffin should have spent more money on the mom instead of the father.

  2. chex1868 says: Jun 11, 2013 10:24 PM

    Drama queen

  3. mydixienormus says: Jun 11, 2013 10:44 PM

    Did his mama say it is OK???

  4. classyjacklambert says: Jun 11, 2013 10:45 PM

    The way the school handles sexual assault allegations against their players really sold him on it.

  5. jimmy53 says: Jun 11, 2013 10:59 PM

    classyjacklambert:

    Let’s see, Dent was arrested, FSU gathered facts and then suspended him by the next afternoon. What else would you have liked FSU to do exactly?

    I guess the “classy” in your name is supposed to be a joke.?.?

  6. soundsofsuccess7 says: Jun 11, 2013 11:09 PM

    …wtf…

    This whole situation is a joke.

  7. donovandancy says: Jun 12, 2013 12:21 AM

    To chex:

    From all the interviews, I actually don’t think this comes down to being a drama queen. This seems more to be outside interference with the father, and the father making his move while mom has been out of town.

    Its really interesting how a parent can suddenly become interested with a kid with no contact from another program . . . yet be completely assured how that other program will respond to their kid switching to that school. I mean, its not like Kiffin would contact the father and offer him a job or anything right? I mean, thats unheard of.

  8. classyjacklambert says: Jun 12, 2013 6:26 AM

    I wasn’t saying the school handled the sexual allegations badly Jimmy, just stating that the timing of this finalized decision seems kind of odd.

  9. fatcamper says: Jun 12, 2013 8:24 AM

    I’m glad this will all work out and hope he is happy at FSU. Looks like he has a bright future, and it appears at least one parent is stable.

    My only complaint is that a few times it has been portrayed that his choice to commit to FSU was made to be near his home. Pretty bad decision if that was the ultimate goal. Tallahassee really isn’t close too Miami at all. I would guess a 7-8 hour drive. His family should expect to see him on holidays, which would have been the same no matter where he went.

  10. bigdinla says: Jun 12, 2013 10:45 AM

    Check cleared!

  11. scalpemseminoles says: Jun 12, 2013 12:27 PM

    Looks like jimbo flexed his nuts and said “we wont relase you”. Eat a d*ck, matthew thomas!

  12. pb420 says: Jun 12, 2013 3:16 PM

    ^^^^^the reason for release request^^^^^^^^^^

    Very classy response. I’m sure he’ll really enjoy playing for fans like you. 20 bucks says he transfers at some point in his collegiate career.

  13. classyjacklambert says: Jun 12, 2013 7:59 PM

    Wow didn’t realize that Fla state fans were such whiners.

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