Florida State fans got a bit of unexpected news tonight when five-star recruit Matthew Thomas told Warchant.com that he still plans to play for the Seminoles the fall. It was reported just yesterday by numerous publications that Thomas’ father said the linebacker had plans to transfer to USC before even playing a snap for the Seminoles.
— Warchant.com (@Warchant) June 12, 2013
Thomas signed a letter of intent with FSU for the 2013 season, meaning he’d have had to sit out a year to leave the program and play elsewhere. From Warchant:
“After meeting with coach Fisher and his staff and gathering all the information I have decided to honor my commitment to Florida State. 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’ situation, before tonight, drew many parallels to Eddie Vanderdoes’ with Notre Dame and UCLA. Perhaps seeing that the Irish were unwilling to release Vanderdoes from his LOI weighed heavily into his decision.