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FSU's blue chip recruit won't flip

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07:18 AM ET 06.12 | Blue chip recruits are often tempted by other programs after making their commitments, but it's not every day that one unfolds so publicly before landing back where the player started. Matthew Thomas told Florida State Seminoles head coach Jimbo Fisher on Tuesday night that he will honor his commitment to the school, according to a source. Thomas also released a statement to the website Warchant.com, re-affirming his commitment. On Monday, Thomas' father told ESPN his son wanted to attend USC. Previously, Thomas had told the Miami Herald he wanted to switch his commitment from FSU to USC or Georgia. At one point, the Thomas family did request a release from his Florida State scholarship, which the school would not do without a justifiable reason.

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June 12, 2013  07:35 AM ET

It sounds like this kid has two screwed up parents using him to mess with each other. Hope he can keep his head straight, play a little ball, get a degree, and get as far from mom and dad as possible.

June 12, 2013  07:36 AM ET

Sounds like he did man-up....good for him.

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June 12, 2013  08:12 AM ET

Vegas odds he stays anywhere the whole time?

June 12, 2013  08:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Hope he can keep his head straight, play a little ball, get a degree

With this, I can agree.

June 12, 2013  08:44 AM ET

Hovering Daddy.

Helicopter Mama says:

Stay close to home, Son.

June 12, 2013  08:47 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Hovering Daddy.Helicopter Mama says:Stay close to home, Son.

Or move to the other side of the earth.

June 12, 2013  09:17 AM ET

I hope he is able to develop a sense of commitment at SOME point in his life. I know, at 17-18 it's not easy.

If not, I feel sorry for his future wife.

June 12, 2013  10:47 AM ET
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I dont think FSU was willing to release him.

So, couldn't the kid transfer to a school of his wish and sit out a year????? Damn, I just don't get it!!! FSU can't hold his kid, if he is willing to sit out a year!!!! Why in the hell, is this such a big deal??? Quite a few players transfer to another school and sit out a year!!!!

June 12, 2013  10:47 AM ET

I couldn't make up my mind for squat at 17 years old. Really glad my flip flops weren't national news for everyone to critique. This kid will be fine. Maybe he just has a case of analysis paralysis....something I am familiar with from time to time.

June 12, 2013  10:48 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

So, couldn't the kid transfer to a school of his wish and sit out a year????? Damn, I just don't get it!!! FSU can't hold his kid, if he is willing to sit out a year!!!! Why in the hell, is this such a big deal??? Quite a few players transfer to another school and sit out a year!!!!

Yeah he could he just wanted a release from FSU meaning no restrictions or loss of playing time.

June 12, 2013  10:54 AM ET

On one hand it seems only fair for a kid to be able to leave for another school any time he chooses, as coaches can. On the other, there is something to learning a lesson of what commitment means and facing consequences of breaking that. I guess coaches do have buy-outs in their contracts to " teach them that lesson" as well. Although more often than not the new job just pays that off so no harm done. Life's not always fair I guess. FSU has a good program he's not in a bad spot.

June 12, 2013  10:58 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Yeah he could he just wanted a release from FSU meaning no restrictions or loss of playing time.

Well, the kid has to follow the rules!!!! It's a no brainer. Transfer to USC and sit out a year!!!!

June 12, 2013  11:07 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

I couldn't make up my mind for squat at 17 years old. Really glad my flip flops weren't national news for everyone to critique. This kid will be fine. Maybe he just has a case of analysis paralysis....something I am familiar with from time to time.

Good point!!!!! Some parents have a big influence on kids. In alot of ways, some parents "brain wash" kids at an early age and it follows the kids until the kid, gets out on his own and can make a decision by himself!!!

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June 12, 2013  11:18 AM ET
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I don't believe in that scenario he gets a full ride until the year is up.

I'm not sure either!!!! I will try and check on that!!!! If anyone can find it sooner, please post it!!! :-)

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June 12, 2013  11:56 AM ET

U$c: What would you dooo-oo-ooo for a Klondike bar?
Thomas: Ain't flippin'!
U$c: How about a Million Dollar, Baby?
Thomas: Ban my parents and I'm yours!

June 12, 2013  12:01 PM ET
QUOTE(#17):

He would have to pay his own way..Same as the Vanderhoes situation at UCLA... And I am sure he cant afford to pay his own way at SC w/ out some help.. Thats why he needs FSU to release..but they arent budging

Thanks for the info!!!

 
June 12, 2013  12:02 PM ET
QUOTE(#17):

He would have to pay his own way..Same as the Vanderhoes situation at UCLA... And I am sure he cant afford to pay his own way at SC w/ out some help.. Thats why he needs FSU to release..but they arent budging

Even if he sits out a year???

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