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Matthew Thomas Staying at Florida State, Not Coming to USC After All

Once you thought he was out, they pull him back in. Matthew Thomas that is. The five-star linebacker released a statement to Warchant, the Florida State affiliate for Rivals, emphasizing his commitment to FSU and debunking his move to USC.

Here’s the statement:

After meeting with coach Fisher and his staff and gathering all the information I have decided to honor my commitment to Florida State. I also want to be close to my family and I want be part of what they are building at Florida State. I’m looking forward to winning games at Florida State and building towards my future.

The news is a full 180 degrees from the developments of last night, when both Joe Schad of ESPN and Gerard Martinez of spoke with the father of Matthew Thomas to confirm that he would be enrolling at USC, and not Florida State.

Thomas signed with the Seminoles on Signing Day but not after a hotly contest debate with his mother, who refused to sign the letter of intent that USC had sent him. A week later, Thomas came out and indicated his struggles over his signing, saying he hoped had chosen USC, which he echoed last month, when he came out seeking a release.

But alas, the saga is over where it started and both schools now move on.

The Trojans, who had once hoped to pair Thomas and Delvon Simmons as newcomers into the 2014 squad, now must keep their eyes on internal talent at outside linebacker/stand-up defensive end. Young players like Jabari Ruffin, Michael Hutchings and Scott Starr all have four years of eligibility ahead of them, and are all expected to contribute as freshmen.

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