Florida State is getting a heck of an athlete in Matthew Thomas.
Thomas just announced he has signed his national letter of intent with the Seminoles.
The 6-foot-3, 205-pound Miami product is regarded by many as the best linebacker in the Class of 2013 and is a huge get for Jimbo Fisher and his staff, especially when you consider how difficult it is to lure elite kids from the extreme south portion of the Sunshine State away from the Miami Hurricanes.
Miami made Thomas a big priority and thought getting FSU assistant coach James Coley might be a difference maker in recruiting. It still may, but at least not in the case of keeping Thomas close to home.
Thomas is a long, rangy player, who is just starting to scratch the surface when it comes to what kind of player he can be at the collegiate level. His range is outstanding and the sky is definitely the limit for him.
Thomas has a nose for the ball and his athletic skills make him difficult to block, which is why he was so coveted by college recruiters.
He still has a way to go to develop physically to be the kind of player he wants to be, but without question Thomas is a big addition for Florida State’s program.
He is one of two five-star prospects to have already signed with Florida State. Thomas’ addition to the class should help propel it into the top-10 nationally.
Doug Griffiths is a member of the Football Writers Association of America and the US Basketball Writers Association. Doug is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ISLgriffiths and Facebook.