So this is an interesting issue. A kid signed an LOI to FSU, but now he's changed his mind and wants out so he can go to either UGA or USC.
There's a part of me that is excited about the fact that UGA may be in the running for a top-10 recruit from the last class, but I'm not so certain I want a kid who clearly has some real questions regarding his character. UGA has had enough trouble with entitled, prima donna-type "stars," and a kid thinking he can just change his decision after signing with a school just screams "potential problem child" to me.
Beyond that, I also think there's a philosophical question as to whether FSU should release him. I mean, it's one thing when these guys waver on verbal commitments, but LOIs are supposed to be the end of the story. I don't want to get all "slippery slope" and act like letting one kid out of his LOI will lead to the letters becoming valueless, but I do think it kind of undermines the entire reason they exist.
Either way, what a mess for FSU. Their options basically boil down to either losing the guy who may be their best incoming freshman or trying to force him to stay, thus bringing in a kid who really doesn't want to be there.
One of the nation’s top 10 college football signees wants a release from Florida State so he can sign with UGA or USC.
Matthew Thomas is linebacker from Miami who ranked as the nation’s No. 8 overall recruit for 2013, according to the 247sports composite rankings.Thomas told the Miami Herald on Monday that he is not planning on reporting to FSU this summer and has asked for a release.
“I’ve told them it’s nothing personal. I just didn’t make the decision I really wanted to on Signing Day,” Thomas told the website.
“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 said his parents now support him in the transfer request. His childhood favorite is Miami, but he’s not interested in transferring there because he would have to sit out two years, per ACC rules.
“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.”
Thomas is supposed to meet with FSU coach Jimbo Fisher soon.