A very late recruiting twist: Florida State signee back on Georgia's radar

semerson@macon.comMay 6, 2013 

ATHENS - Georgia may not be done recruiting for 2013 after all.

In a sudden twist, Matthew Thomas, a five-star linebacker recruit from Miami, has asked Florida State to release him from his letter-of-intent. Thomas told The Miami Herald that he would instead like to attend Southern California or Georgia.

Letters-of-intent are considered binding by the NCAA, so if Florida State did not release Thomas, he would have to sit out one or possibly two seasons before playing anywhere else. This primer on NCAA letter-of-intent rules indicates that it all depends on what Florida State wants to do.

But given Thomas' abilities, every expectation should be that Florida State will fight to keep him. Thomas was listed as a five-star recruit by the 247sports.com composite, which culls the ratings of the major recruiting services.

So far, there is no indication Georgia and Thomas have had any contact.

Thomas told The Herald that he felt rushed to sign to Florida State three months ago, on national signing day, and after time to think about it would like to go somewhere else. Seminole coaches were planning on visiting him to change his mind.

“I’ve been in Miami all my life," Thomas told The Herald. "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.”

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