FSU attained its first commitment for the class of 2017 Thursday, as rising First Coast (Jacksonville) sophomore receiver D.J. Matthews told Head Coach Jimbo Fisher and Wide Receivers Coach Lawrence Dawsey that he was ready to become a ‘Nole. Matthews’ commitment continues the recent pipeline of First Coast players coming to FSU; Reggie Nothrup, Derrick Mitchell, Tyrell Lyons, and current First Coast QB De’Andre Johnson (a 2015 commit) are all Seminoles from First Coast.
The first thing that jumps out about Matthews is that he is very explosive and is a playmaker. Despite his slender frame (6′, 165 lbs.), he isn’t afraid to fully extend for the ball and make difficult catches in traffic. He already high-points the football, which is something not many sophomore receivers know how to do. Matthews is also a great route-runner and is able to gain separation off the line of scrimmage due to his quickness.
Due to the fact that 2017 is three years away, there is still plenty of time for Matthews to grow and improve on the football field. If he continues to grow like expected, he could be an outside receiver. However, if he doesn’t grow taller, he could be a deadly slot receiver. Either way, Matthews will likely be a highly rated 4-star prospect.
He chose Florida State over offers from LSU, Clemson, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Miami. Despite his decision, expect teams to continue pursuing Matthews, as there is still plenty of time between now and signing day of 2017, and plenty can change in the meantime.