It is hard to say no to mom and because of that Florida State reaped the reward on Signing Day when Matthew Thomas, ranked as one of the outside linebackers in the nation, signed to play for Jimbo Fisher and Florida State. But on Monday, the five-star recruit said he told Fisher he does not plan to be a Seminole and hopes the school will allow him to play elsewhere. Thomas explained his decision to the Miami Herald, saying it was nothing personal, but that his mother influenced his thinking on Signing Day. "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. Thomas said he has been unable to convince himself he made the right choice on that February day. On Monday, he let the staff at Florida State know that he was considering his options to play at Southern California, Georgia or even perhaps Miami. The 6-foot-3, 205 pound Thomas said Florida State does not want to release him and was planning on visiting him to try to convince him to stay in Tallahassee. Just as Thomas has had a change of heart, so has his mother, who along with his father, are supporting Thomas to be freed from his letter that he signed. "I just want to go and have fun playing football," he said.
- Jimbo Fisher