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Top LB Matthew Thomas steady with FSU

7/27/2012

Matthew Thomas (Miami/Booker T. Washington) recently named Florida State his leader, and as he arrived Friday at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., for the Champion Gridiron Kings event, his recruitment remains unchanged.

"I am still open, but Florida State is still my leader," Thomas said. "They told me I could come in and compete for a starting job my freshman year. After them it is Alabama, Georgia, USC and Miami."

Thomas, the No. 13 prospect in the country, discussed the other four programs in his top five.

"Alabama is a national program that develops linebackers for the NFL," Thomas said. "USC is a West Coast program that I have liked since I was little. UGA is in my top five because I have family in Macon, Ga., and they told me it would be a good program to go to. I grew up watching the Hurricanes and they will always be one of the favorites in my heart."

The Under Armour All-American has no timeline for his decision, but he did say he plans to take all five of his official visits. None are set in stone, but Thomas did say he is looking forward to seeing a couple of games this fall.

"I am looking forward to seeing Miami play FSU, and Florida versus Alabama," Thomas said.

The Opening and Gridiron Kings events have provided the opportunity for several of the nation's elite prospects to spend time together competing on the field and bonding off of it. One such player has caught Thomas' eye this summer.

"Ryan Green is a prospect that has impressed me with his athleticism and his demeanor," Thomas said. "He is so explosive and quick."