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#6 Matthew Thomas
Position: Linebacker
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 218
Year: Redshirt Freshman
Hometown: Miami, Fla.
High School: Booker T. Washington
2014 Outlook: Has patiently waited for a chance to get on the field after season-ending surgery ended his freshman campaign. Will be able to learn and master the nuances of the game from a group of linebackers that have good experience. Phenomenal athlete whose potential is limitless on the field.

2013: Highly-touted freshman linebacker appeared in four games as a reserve before undergoing season-ending shoulder surgery...received a medical redshirt...totaled four tackles, including 2.0 TFLs and one sack in 2013...had three tackles, 2.0 TFLs and sack versus Bethune-Cookman.

PERSONAL: Was one of the most sought after prospects in the entire nation in 2013...a consensus five-star recruit who was also a consensus top 15 national prospect...ESPN had Thomas No. 6 in the ESPN150, he was 14th in the Top247 and 15th in the Rivals 100... US Army All-American...invited to “The Opening” on the Nike campus and Gridiron Kings...rated the fourth-best player in Florida by Rivals, 247Sports and Rivals...ESPN had Thomas listed as the No. 1 OLB prospect in the nation that year, Scout and Rivals listed him at No. 2 and 247Sports had him at No. 3...registered 102 tackles and 13 sacks in 2011...numbers dropped to 53 tackles and seven sacks during the regular season as a senior as his Booker T. Washington beat opponents by an average of nearly 42 points and starters played less throughout the regular season...won a state championship playing both LB and DE as Booker T. Washington defeated Bolles and Thomas registered nine solo tackles...named first team All-Dade...ESPN clocked him at 4.59 in the 40 with a 35.6-inch vertical and a SPARQ rating of 114.36...Thomas’ mother is a native of the Republic of Suriname, a small South American Country bordered on its north side by the Atlantic Ocean...chose FSU over Miami, Alabama, USC, Georgia, Florida and more than 20 other offers.
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