Miami Prospect Profile: LB Matthew Thomas

Let's take a closer look at the prospects for Miami's 2013 recruiting class. Today, we look at linebacker Matthew Thomas.

Matthew Thomas -- Miami (Fla) Booker T Washington H.S.

Scout Ranking: 5-star and No. 2 OLB

Measurables: 6-foot-4 and 210 pounds

2011 Stats: Thomas finished his junior season with 117 tackles and 13 sacks for a team that went to the state championship game.

What they're saying: Thomas has played linebacker and defensive end in high school, but he will likely settle in at outside linebacker in college. He is a long and rangy athlete with a lot of raw ability. He needs to add weight, get stronger, and then learn the position, but he has as much upside as just about anyone at outside linebacker. He can run, he moves well laterally, he has great range, and he closes on the ball well. As he matures, watch out. - Chad Simmons/

Recruiting Status: Thomas currently favors Florida State over Miami and Alabama. All three schools have offered him (Miami was the first of the three to do so) and are actively recruiting him.

What he's saying about Miami: "I have always been a Miami fan, its home to me. I feel like even with all the stuff they have been going through they're doing a good job and still competing. They have a real bright future ahead."

Miami angle: The Hurricanes signed four linebackers in the 2012 class -- one of them (Josh Witt) is already done with football and another wasn't offered until NSD. They need linebackers in the 2013 class and Thomas is one of the best in the entire nation. He's a premier athlete and a tremendous football player who says he grew up a Miami fan. He's the type of player who could see the field right away at Miami. As of now, however, he lists Florida State as his top choice. Alabama and Miami are competing for that top spot, too, and this is one that will likely go down to the wire.

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