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Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Georgia gets its shot at nation's top OLB

By Radi Nabulsi

Over the past two weekends, the Georgia coaching staff has hosted the nation’s No. 1 offensive tackle (Laremy Tunsil) the No. 1 inside linebacker (Reuben Foster), the No. 2 defensive tackle (Montravius Adams) and the No. 4 running back (Alvin Kamara). This coming Friday, the Bulldogs will also get the chance to impress the nation’s top outside linebacker, Matthew Thomas of Booker T. Washington (Fla.) High School.

Matthew Thomas
Matthew Thomas is looking forward to his final visit, to Georgia this weekend.
According to Thomas’ head coach, Tim Harris, the five-star prospect is looking forward to his visit.

“Matthew has been high on Georgia since the spring, when Coach [Scott] Lakatos built such a good relationship with him and all of us here at our program, including some of our 2014 kids,” Harris said. “Matthew feels Georgia is a school where he fits well into their defensive scheme. They have done a great job developing linebackers there. They are going to have a couple guys this year taken high in the NFL draft. Just playing in that type of defense, where you have guys that are successful year in and year out, it is enticing for a guy like him.”

The Bulldogs are getting Thomas’ last official visit and Harris thinks that will help Georgia’s chances as well.

“He is excited about it,” Harris said. “It being the last one before signing day, he is kind of relieved at the same time. With all his emotions wrapped up, I think he is ready to go up to Georgia, have a great time and see what the program has to offer him.”

The general consensus is that Thomas' decision will come down to Florida State and Miami. But Georgia does have one ace up its sleeve with Thomas’ family connections in the Peach State. He mentioned as much recently at an Under Armour All-American game practice.

“My dad wanted me to check out Georgia because he thinks it’s a good school and I have a lot of family in Georgia,” Thomas said. “Coach Lakatos is a great guy; my mom really liked him when he came to visit. I know it’s a good academic school, too.”