“What happened was on Signing Day [was] I wasn’t sure who I wanted to sign with. I had issues with different schools. But when I told my mom I didn’t want to sign with anybody and wait and give it a few days she said I couldn’t do that. She said, ‘FSU is a good school — pick them. It’s close to home.’ I wasn’t agreeing with it. But I felt like I was being disrespectful to her if I didn’t sign, so I made her happy.”
Thomas said his mother and father are now supporting him in his push to be freed from his signed letter of intent, but ultimately the power rests with Florida State’s staff.
“If I tried to go to a school in FSU’s conference I would have to sit out a couple years,” Thomas said. “But that’s not what I want to do.
“I’ve been in Miami all my life. Georgia needs linebackers. It’s a big program. I have family in Georgia. USC, growing up I never thought I would have an opportunity that big. I just want to go have fun and play football.”
• Region 4-7A quarterfinal — Nova 5, Northeast 2 (8): With the bases loaded and two outs in the top of the eighth Nova pinch-hitter Patrick Hubert laced a 2-2 pitch for a single to left field scoring two runs as the Titans scored three runs in the eighth to come away with the win over Northeast.
Nova (14-8) will play at St. Thomas Aquinas on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the regional semifinals.
Nick Marchese came away with the win pitching seven-plus strong innings for the Titans. Ralph Morel matched him inning for inning, but walked Gabe Valverde to open the eighth. He was pulled for Eduardo Uriante, who gave up a single and walk to load the bases. He struck out two to sandwich the hit and walk, before giving up the game-winning single to Hubert.
Nova scored a pair of runs in the fourth for a 2-0 lead, but Northeast (12-10) responded immediately with a pair of runs including one on a steal of home.
WP: Marchese (5-0). LP: Morel. SV: Barrows.
Region 4-8A semifinal: Sunset at Killian, 4
Region 4-8A semifinal: Hialeah at American,4
Region 3-8A semifinal: Douglas at Flanagan, 7
Region 4-6A semifinal at Westland Gardens Park: Archbishop McCarthy at Mater, 7
Region 4-5A semifinal: Jensen Beach at American Heritage, 7
Region 4-4A semifinal: La Salle at St. Brendan, 4:30
Region 4-4A semifinal: Coral Springs Charter at Monsignor Pace, 7
Region 4-3A semifinal: PJP II at CS Chr., 4
Region 4-3A semifinal: Westminster Christian at Florida Christian, 7
Region 4-2A semifinal at Florida Memorial: Westwood Christian at Brito, 4
Region 4-2A semifinal at Curtis Park: Zion Lutheran vs. Mater East, 4
State play-in: Gibbons at Cypress Bay, 7
State play-in: West Boca Raton at Douglas, 7
State play-in: Sunset at Coral Reef, 7
State play-in: Westland at Southwest, 7
State play-in: Chaminade at Mourning, 7