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"Ultimately, however, I do expect Fisher and Co. to release him, allowing him to play this fall. I think that the program could be portrayed in a negative light if they, in essence, hold a player hostage. Now, will Thomas wind up at USC or Georgia? Thomas supposedly had a blast on his visit, and there were even rumors leading up to Signing Day that he had his heart set on becoming a Trojan. Georgia, meanwhile, signed a class of 33, but they also lost two linebackers to the first round of the NFL draft, so the opportunity to see the field early does exist there as well. But it’s the reference to having family in Georgia by Thomas that appears to be especially significant. As was evident in February, his mother obviously holds at least some influence here, so the element of family and distance from home will almost certainly play a role in the decision. Because of that, I believe he winds up at Georgia."