published Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

Matthew Thomas wants out of FSU signing to go to UGA or USC

Matthew Thomas, one of the nation's top football prospects in the 2013 signing class, told the Miami Herald that he wants out of his scholarship to Florida State and that he would like to play at Georgia or Southern California.

The 6-foot-3, 205-pounder from Miami's Booker T. Washington High School was rated by Rivals.com as the No. 2 outside linebacker in the country and the No. 15 overall prospect. His last three visits were to USC, Florida State and Georgia, and he was considered a toss-up leading up to signing day between the Seminoles and Trojans.

"Georgia needs linebackers," Thomas told the paper in an article that ran Monday. "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."

The Herald reported that FSU coaches do not want to release Thomas and that they plan to visit him soon.

about David Paschall...

David Paschall is a sports writer for the Times Free Press. He started at the Chattanooga Free Press in 1990 and was part of the Times Free Press when the paper started in 1999. David covers University of Georgia football, as well as SEC football recruiting, SEC basketball, Chattanooga Lookouts baseball and other sports stories. He is a Chattanooga native and graduate of the Baylor School and Auburn University. David has received numerous honors for ...

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