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Oh, the pressures of signing day.
Linebacker Matthew Thomas, the No. 6 recruit in the ESPNU 150, has asked Florida State for a release from his scholarship.
This post was edited by Lou Somogyi 11 months ago
If they don't release him does he just have to sit out a year to play, or is there more than that?
While I believe cooler heads will prevail and he ends up in Tallahassee, yes, that would be the case. A year away from football could be a huge mistake though.
In the end, I don't expect him to be released from his LOI freely for the 2013 season, as it would set a bad precedent.
I also believe that once his mother gets back in town, as she is out of the country, all this will get straightened out. Throughout the entire process, it was well known that you needed to get Thomas on board, but you really needed to get his mother on board. Ironically, all of this transfer talk has taken place with her out of the country, with his father being the headliner here.
His father never once came up during his original recruitment.
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i dont believe it would set a bad precedent as the precedent has already been set, sometimes a kid decides he doesnt want to be where he is and leaves ala aaron lynch, obviously you want a player to come in and feel it out but i think it sends more of a red flag to the coaching staff that "this kid obviously doesnt want to be here, the second the person pushing him here was away he openly said he doesnt want to be here, so why deal with this distraction?" even if someone is a great player, youll never get the best out of a kid who's heart isnt in it.
This post was edited by thatdude16 11 months ago
I understand the importance of a parent's guidance but it's really sad that the mother would not sign the LOI for the kid to play at USC as he wished. SMH
The precedent being discussed is the "free" release from an LOI that would prevent him from having to sit out a year. He has not enrolled at FSU yet, so if they let him out of his LOI, he could go anywhere and play this season.
its not truly a "free" release as hes not going back out on the market, FSU is aware of the other 2 schools hes interested in. the potential to attend a conference rival or in state school isnt present. im not sure if USC or UGA appear on any forthcoming FSU schedule but short of that i doubt the staff would hinder him from joining either of those 2 programs. Now, if were talking "free" as in able to play this year, its doubtful that'd happen. if he were to transfer, how does it work, he just cant play right? hes able to participate in team meetings, workouts, practices? essentially a redshirt year?
I wasn't necessarily referring to the transfer, but mainly the aspect of signing a LOI and then being allowed to change your mind a few months later without even stepping on campus. At least Lynch was on campus.
I feel that he shouldn't have signed the LOI if his heart wasn't at FSU. However, he did and that's that.
FSU spent a TON of time, resources and money recruiting this kid. I don't see them letting him out of his LOI in the end.
Yeah, I don't like things like that. While I respect a parent wanting to be involved, it's Thomas' decision in the end.
He wanted to be at USC and she preferred that he stay closer to home.
Back in the day, Whitney Lewis (Lorenzo Booker's old teammate) wanted to go to FSU, but his mother wouldn't allow that to happen and he ended up as a bust at USC.
I simply don't want to see Thomas take a year off from football. He's too talented and a full year away from true game-contact could have a negative impact on his future. Plus, he's a great kid and I just would hate to see that for him.
but he isnt "changing his mind" if he never really wanted to be there in the first place, if the story is true and he was basically forced there by his mother, how often does that work out? of course the staff would want him to at least try it out but that could also just cause resentment. how often does it work out well when a kid is essentially forced to go to a school he doesnt want to be at and then made to stay by coaches he doesnt want to play for?
could you elaborate on "game contact"? is he able to participate in team meetings, workouts and practices? if so then i dont think there would be a negative impact as its essentially a RS year, no?
i dont think you can focus on this kind of thing. also, he is from florida, im not sure where he is in relation to FSU but look at for example, ND's recruitment of Deontay Greenberry, tho he spurrned ND on NSD the University spent far more on his recruitment (actual academic grants from FSU to Thomas not included) thats just part of the game. also, im glad he left before getting there then playing a year, knowing he didnt want to be there (supposedly following Tee Sheppard) and leaving.
This. My questions exactly.
I guess we'll wait in suspense.
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