DawgNation week in review

May, 11, 2013
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ATHENS, Ga. -- The most buzzworthy story around DawgNation this week is that of 2013 outside linebacker Matthew Thomas, ESPN’s No. 6 overall prospect who signed with Florida State in February and announced this week that he wants out of the deal.

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Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY SportsMatthew Thomas wants out of his letter of intent to Florida State. He is very interested in Georgia should he get a release.
Among the schools Thomas mentioned as possible alternatives were Georgia and USC, although by week’s end it was still unclear whether FSU would release Thomas from his scholarship or whether he might explore other options. In this video, NoleNation’s Corey Dowlar explains the situation and Thomas’ options.

It was a busy week on the recruiting front and we offered multiple updates on prospects, including:

" DL Kentavius Street (Greenville, N.C./Rose)

• S Cameron Albright (Acworth, Ga./North Cobb)

• OT Dyshon Sims (Valdosta, Ga./Lowndes), the cousin of Georgia safety Josh Harvey-Clemons

• ATH Malkom Parrish (Quitman, Ga./Brooks County)

Our Radi Nabulsi also offered some notes and observations gleaned from last week’s Georgia state track meet in Jefferson, where multiple UGA signees and targets competed. One of them was Preston Williams, an extremely colorful 2015 wide receiver prospect.

The big story on the team side concerns offensive lineman Kolton Houston, who takes his ongoing eligibility dispute with the NCAA to ESPN’s airwaves on Sunday morning. The piece, set to air at 9 a.m. on Outside the Lines, details the often unusual methods Houston has employed in an effort to remove the trace elements from a 2009 steroid injection from his system in order to pass an NCAA drug test that would make him eligible to compete.

It will be Houston's first interview since he first tested positive in 2010.

Our cohorts on the SEC blog published their spring wrapup this week and we contributed a Georgia rundown and feature on quarterback Aaron Murray for the package.

SEC blogger Chris Low also listed Murray as one of the league’s top 20 NFL draft prospects for 2014 and mentioned freshman safety Tray Matthews as a potential star in this video.

Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo and basketball coach Mark Fox spoke Thursday at a UGA Days event in Augusta, with both men providing updates on their teams -- including the colorful strategy Bobo said the Bulldogs might have to use to contend with South Carolina’s superstar defensive end Jadeveon Clowney.

Bobo also told the crowd that sophomore receiver Justin Scott-Wesley is a potential breakout performer for this fall.

Additionally, we recapped springtime conversations with cornerback Damian Swann and receiver Rantavious Wooten -- a pair of veterans who will be leaders at their respective positions this year.

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