One high school that is playing with a lot of talent on the field is Booker T. Washington High School (Miami, Florida). They have quite a few guys playing in college right now and have even more getting recruited for this year as well as next year. One of those players is linebacker Matthew Thomas. He has a few schools left in the running, but his top 3 right now are the Alabama Crimson Tide, Florida State Seminoles and the Miami Hurricanes. Daily these teams seem to rotate who is number one for him according to sources, but I know the Hurricanes are doing everything they can to keep him home.
Miami controls its own destiny right now to win their division. They’re one game away from bowl eligibility and I don’t foresee that being an issue. With two conferences games left, both of them in their division, their head coach Al Golden is looking for a possible rematch with the Seminoles. Florida State did handle them in that game, 33-20.
What has Thomas excited about going to Miami is that Golden is playing a lot of freshmen. He would be joining a defense that needs help. They’re giving up 30.1 points per game, which makes them one of the worst defenses in the nation. They have given up 32+ points in 5 of their games and 40+ in 3 of them. Mind you, two of those teams are ranked in the top five right now, but their defense has to get better.
I think Thomas could be that help. He’s an outside linebacker that stands at 6’3” and weighs 205 pounds. Once he gets to college, he will put on some more muscle and with his speed, he runs a 4.59 forty, he could become a force. He’s very quick as he ran his shuttle 4.09 seconds.
If he does get to see the field as a freshman, which the way Miami looks now that could be a definitely possibility, I don’t think he will dominate early. He will be playing against better talent than he did in high school and against more complicated offenses as well. There will be somewhat of a learning curve, but if he can figure it out, he definitely has the talent to be really good.
Miami having a sub-par defense and as they’re already playing quite a bit of freshmen, that does give Thomas a lot of hope to play early. The quicker he picks things up in practice and hits the field, I think the better this linebacker will be. He will probably take his bumps on the field, but I think he could possible stay in Miami and help to rebuild this once proud defense.