Top Florida State LB Recruit Seeks Release, Says Mom Made Him Sign


Matthew Thomas was the #2 linebacker rated linebacker in high school football last season, and the face of this years Florida State recruiting class.

Florida State may now be rocked by the departure of that star recruit.  The Miami Herald is reporting that Thomas is seeking to get out of his release to Florida State, because in his words, he signed it under duress.

Thomas has asked Seminole coaches for his release, and that he won’t report during the summer.  Florida State coaches have said they won’t do such a thing at this time, and plan to visit Thomas soon to try to change his mind.

“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 Southern California, 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 says his mother is now supporting his decision, and he’s spent the past few months trying to convince himself that Florida State is where he should go.

Thomas says he’s been in Miami his whole life, and would like a change.  Add that to the fact that Georgia needs linebackers, and he feels the Bulldogs would be a great fit.