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Matthew Thomas sticking with Florida State after seeking scholarship release

Matthew-Thomas-Florida-StateFlorida State linebacker recruit Matthew Thomas thought he made a major mistake when he signed his National Letter of Intent. Last month, the Florida native made it clear that he only committed to Florida State because his mother pressured him to stay close to home. However, he had dreams of playing college football for USC or Georgia and spent several weeks seeking his release from the Seminoles.

On Tuesday, Thomas told Warchant.com that he has decided to stay at Florida State.

“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 a statement. “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.”

That doesn’t mean it was his choice. Thomas filed all the necessary paperwork with the school to request a release from his scholarship, but FSU stood their ground. Had he left the school, Thomas would have been treated as a transfer and had to sit out a year.

“You’d get into a situation where if you release him, then people would be doing that every year,” FSU AD Randy Spetman told the Tallahassee Democrat at the ACC spring meetings in May. “We would be more than happy to release someone if there is a compelling reason.”

Apparently “my mom made me do it” does not constitute a compelling reason, so Thomas basically had no other option. Parents do some insane things around recruiting time which can create unnecessary pressure for their children. Now, the question becomes whether or not Thomas’ heart will be in it with the Seminoles. If he wants to gain recognition from NFL scouts, he’d be wise to get comfortable in his new program.

H/T Dr. Saturday

Florida State recruit Matthew Thomas wants release, only signed to please mom

Florida-State-logoMatthew Thomas, one of Florida State’s top recruits from the class of 2013, does not want to play for the Seminoles. The country’s No. 2 linebacker according to Rivals.com said on Monday that he is seeking his release from Florida State so he can sign with either Georgia or USC. In fact, he says he never really wanted to go to FSU to begin with.

“I’ve told (the coaches) it’s nothing personal,” Thomas said, via The Miami Herald. “I just didn’t make the decision I really wanted to on Signing Day. What happened 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 also added that he felt pressure to sign with FSU since he had already verbally committed to the school and his official decision was being aired live on ESPN. He says both of his parents are now supporting his efforts to be released from FSU, but the coaches are planning to visit him at his home in South Florida to try to convince him to stay.

“If I tried to go to a school in FSU’s conference I would have to sit out a couple years,” he explained. “But that’s not what I want to do. 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.”

Recruits make decisions they regret because of their parents all the time. Very few take it as far as this player’s mother did, but we hear stories like this quite often. Thomas is just a kid who hasn’t even begun his college career yet. If he thinks going to a different school would be best for his future, it should not be too late for him to do so.

Helmet smack to Dr. Saturday