Are Miami Hurricanes The Program To Finally Land Top LB Matthew Thomas?

By Michael Terrill

The Miami Hurricanes have taken the lead over the Florida State Seminoles to become the front-runners to land one of the top linebacker recruits in the nation.

Five-star recruit Matthew Thomas out of legendary Booker T. Washington High School looks to be inching closer to the University of Miami after FSU recruiter James Coley left the Seminoles to become the Hurricanes offensive coordinator. Coley was locked in on bringing the outside linebacker to Florida State, but things may have changed now that he will be coaching in Miami.

The 6-foot-3, 205-pound Thomas is the No. 6 ranked recruit on ESPN’s top 150 and No. 15 on The Rival’s top 100. He has ridiculous speed to get around offensive tackles quickly in pass rush situations and can close in on quarterbacks in the blink of an eye. He also has great open-field speed that gives him the ability to chase down playmakers and outstanding presence to strip the football. Even though his run game defense needs a little work, he will clearly excel as a pass rusher.

Miami is interested in his pass rushing capabilities, but they might be keener on his potential. The Hurricanes coaching staff believe they can mold him into a tackling machine, which would do wonders for their program.

Florida State is most definitely still in the running for Thomas, but there is no denying that Miami now has the upper leg. Whether Coley can deliver him will not be known until Feb. 6 on National Signing Day. Regardless of which school Thomas chooses, he seems to have a good head on his shoulders and a bright future in his home state of Florida.

Thomas recorded 56 tackles, eight sacks and returned two interceptions for touchdowns his senior year.

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