Miami (Fla.) Booker T. Washington outside linebacker Matthew Thomas will be one of the most heavily recruited prospects in Florida over the next year. At this point in his recruitment, Thomas is pretty confident he has a verbal offer from Alabama, Central Florida, Florida State, Louisville, Miami, and West Virginia.
His most recent came from Florida State during a conversation with assistant coach James Coley on Friday.
"We just talked about me playing at Florida State," Thomas said. "We talked about what role I would play and what position I would play. He said I would be an outside linebacker and defensive end, I like that."
So far, the 6-foot-4, 200-pound defender has taken just one visit during 2012 when he traveled to nearby Miami.
"It was a real good visit," Thomas said. "They showed us a lot of the campus and stuff like that. They are building a lot of new stuff around the campus."
The hometown Hurricanes are a school that stands out to the extremely athletic edge-rusher.
"I've always liked Miami," Thomas said. "I just like the way they play and the stadium. I also like how the crowd will be, how hyped they get, and stuff like that."
The talented defender isn't giving a ton of focus to his recruitment in the early stages.
"I haven't really talked with anybody else recently," Thomas said. "I don't have any upcoming plans right now. I don't think so at least."
Florida, North Carolina, and South Florida have also expressed an interest in Thomas.
Thomas recorded 117 tackles and 13 sacks as a junior.