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Tuesday, January 15, 2013
5-star LB Thomas reconsiders visit plans

By Corey Long

Five-star linebacker Matthew Thomas (Miami, Fla./Booker T. Washington) is fresh off of a visit to Alabama, but questions linger about whether the nation’s sixth-rated prospect will head to Miami (Fla.) or USC next.

Booker T. Washington head coach Tim Harris said Thomas had been looking at switching his visit from USC to Miami for the upcoming weekend, but now it looks like the original plan will stay in place.

“Matthew was talking about visiting Miami this weekend and USC at another time, but I think he’s going to stick with USC this weekend,” Harris said. “He’s been to Miami a few times, and he can go again if he wants.”

Thomas’ officials to Florida State on Jan. 25 and Georgia on Feb. 1 are still on as scheduled.

Harris said he hadn’t talked with Thomas or ESPN 150 lineman Denver Kirkland about their respective officials this past weekend. Kirkland took an official to South Florida.

“I’m going to get with them this evening and get some feedback before the in-home visits start,” Harris said.

Harris said Kirkland’s final two visits will be to Arkansas and West Virginia. Both prospects will make their final decisions as part of ESPNU’s nationally-televised signing day coverage.