Matthew Thomas could be an impact player at the next level and there can be little doubt that Georgia is hopeful to change his mind about where they stand on his list of potential destinations come signing day; he is scheduled to make his official visit to Athens on February 1.
…With one final visit remaining after his weekend at Florida State, Thomas will head to Athens to visit the University of Georgia.
“Georgia has been coming after me real hard and it’ll be good to spend a few days there,” said the five-star linebacker. “They have gotten some big names from Florida and it’ll be good to find out why everyone likes it over there.” (Tom Loy, Noles247)
As an alumnus of the University of Georgia, I could give a laundry list of all the great things a college town like Athens has to offer (from the food to the music, to the game day atmosphere); the Classic City is bar none one of the best locations in the United State to get one’s education whilst having a little fun on the side (or in my case a little too much fun at times).
However, at this late stage, it’s hard to imagine Thomas ending up anywhere but Miami or Florida State (I give the definitive edge to the ‘Noles in this one) as the Florida native is rumored to be a shoo-in to stay and play in his homestate.
That said, stranger things have happened on signing day, and with the skill set Thomas possesses, you can hardly blame the coaching staff in Butts-Mehre for trying to change his mind.
Thomas is a beast off the edge and has all the makings of becoming an upper-echelon pass-rusher at the next level. He does a phenomenal job of utilizing his quick first step to get beyond the defender and into the backfield and not only disrupt plays, but make mince meat of the quarterback in the process. His ability to react quickly to the snap of the ball make him an asset as a potential outside linebacker, but his strength up top makes him every bit as intriguing as a potential the defensive lineman.
He’s raw and, at 6’3″, 210-pounds, he’ll certainly need to get stronger and bigger to truly get the most out of his skills in the SEC (should he decide to play there), but the potential is certainly there and Georgia would be foolish not to at least take a shot—even if it appears to be a long one.