Matthew Thomas was a 5 star recruit out of Miami’s Booker T Washington High School in Miami, Florida that picked the Florida State Seminoles over the world in the 2013 class.
He played a little in his true freshman season, but he developed something of a reputation of having a bad attitude. The Florida State Seminoles won the national championship that season with Heisman winner Jameis Winston.
Thomas was suspended for the first 6 games of 2014 when the Seminoles were favored to repeat as national champions. After returning to the team in game 7, Thomas played some and enough to make 26 tackles including a few for loss.
Thomas injured his shoulder and missed all of the 2015 season.
As a person that loves to see people live up to their potential, it was nice to see Matthew Thomas on
the field against Ole Miss on Monday Night.
In spite of Ole Miss jumping out to a 22 point lead, Thomas did his part for the entire game. He played well against the run and against the pass.
Spectacular sophomore Safety Derwin James led the team in tackles with 8 total, and James also contributed a timely Interception.
Following James on the tackle list was junior linebacker and former 5 star recruit from Miami Matthew Thomas. With 7 total tackles including 1 for a 7 yard loss, Thomas opened some eyes against Ole Miss.
Thomas also played well in pass coverage. Playing in different coverages, it’s sometimes hard to tell who was responsible for certain receivers and Ole Miss Quarterback Chad Kelly did complete pass between Thomas and a Defensive Back for a Touchdown.
But, on other passing plays, Thomas stopped his receiver for no gain and for a 7 yard loss.
Thomas came in at 6-3, 215, supposedly, but he is around 227 now and he has maintained that elite speed that made him a top recruit in the 2013 class.
Hopefully, Matthew Thomas can play this season injury free and he returns for his senior season in 2017.
He is finally able to show Florida State fans and the rest of the world just what he is capable of.
After beating Ole Miss, Florida State is back on familiar ground and ranked 3rd in the most recent CFC Poll CFC Poll
Florida State does have a good shot at making the playoffs. Some have them favored to win the ACC this year, while others have Clemson.
The Seminoles have this week off with Charleston Southern coming to town
Then, they travel to dangerous Louisville and face even more dangerous Quarterback Lamar Jackson. They visit South Florida, then North Carolina comes to town. Rival Miami is next and that game is always scary.
After Miami, they host Wake Forest and then maybe the game of the year against second ranked Clemson. The winner of that game no doubt wins the ACC.
But, it’s not over for the Seminoles with North Carolina State up next and they have always been a tough out for Florida State for whatever reasons.
Boston College visits Tallahassee and then the Seminoles are off to Syracuse.
They close their year with rival Florida and if they survive this schedule undefeated they really deserve a playoff berth.
They will need everyone to stay healthy including potential All ACC and more Linebacker Matthew Thomas.