5-Star LB Matthew Thomas Will Report to Florida State on Saturday

Tim Keeney@@t_keenContributor IJune 11, 2013

Photo courtesy of 247Sports.com
Photo courtesy of 247Sports.com

It's official. Five-star linebacker Matthew Thomas will be a member of the Florida State football team this season. 

The news comes courtesy of Gene Williams and D.C. Reeves at Warchant.com:

Matthew Thomas' wild post-national signing day saga will end at Florida State after all.

Thomas, a five-star linebacker and one of the jewels of FSU's 2013 recruiting class, released a statement to Warchant.com that says he will report to Florida State on Saturday.

Thomas, who is rated by 247 Sports' composite rankings as the third-best outside linebacker and the 14th best prospect in the class of 2013, signed a letter of intent with Florida State on national signing day back in February, but it soon became clear he was uneasy at best with his decision. 

In May, he told the Miami Herald (per Williams and Reeves) he was having second thoughts about playing for the Seminoles, and less than 24 hours ago, his father said he preferred USC, according to ESPN's Joe Schad

But the bizarre story seemingly took its final twist on Tuesday, with Thomas reaffirming his comment to FSU:

"After meeting with coach Fisher and his staff and gathering all the information I have decided to honor my commitment to Florida State," Thomas said in a statement released to Warchant.com. "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."

It obviously wasn't an ideal recruiting process for Jimbo Fisher and his staff, but Thomas has the elite talent to make fans forget about this ordeal. 

The Miami native has a terrific blend of size (6'3", 210 pounds) and athleticism, and now that this situation is resolved, he can simply concentrate on maximizing his potential and becoming a force on the Seminole defense.