Miami continues to miss out on local recruits on National Signing Day. OL Denver Kirkland and LB Matthew Thomas announced that they wouldn’t be playing for the Canes’ next season.
Thomas, a five-star linebacker from Booker T. Washington, announced on Wednesday that he will be playing for Jimbo Fisher and the Florida State Seminoles. The Noles’ continue to have a strong 2013 recruiting class landing ILB E.J. Levenberry, OG Ira Denson, CB Jalen Ramsey (who flipped from USC on signing day) and RB Ryan Green.
Thomas told Tom Loy of 247Sports:
I have the best relationship with coach Fisher at Florida State. The rest of my family feels great about him too. Coach Jimbo is a good guy and I can really trust him. I am looking forward to playing for him.”
Thomas’ teammate Denver Kirkland decided that he would fit in best and the University of Arkansas. Kirkland is the second South Florida prospect to choose the Hogs, joining 5-star running back Alex Collins who announced on Monday.
When Miami head coach Al Golden allegedly revoked Kirkland’s UM offer, the move would come back to hurt the Canes’ in the end. Prior to Golden’s unique move, Kirkland was suspected by many recruiting analysts to be a Miami lock, but as we all know there is no such thing as a lock in the world of recruiting.
Kirkland told David Lake of InsideTheU that “he would have picked Miami had they not played the game with his scholarship.”