Josue Matias, a highly-rated offensive lineman from Union City, New Jersey has switched his commitment to the Florida State Seminoles. Matias had been a rutgers commitment for about a week. Matias is 6'5" and a very solid 305 pounds. He moves well in his film and is very powerful. This is a tremendous pickup for Florida State. FSU now has the top class of offensive linemen in the country.
- ESPN: / #13 Offensive Tackle
- 247:/ #18 Offensive Tackle
- Scout:/ #27 Offensive Tackle
- Rivals:/ #25 Offensive Tackle
Matias is very, very impressive physically. He tore a knee ligament and that caused him to go slightly under the radar for a bit as he missed his senior season, but he is still considered an excellent prospect. Ira Schoffel, who has covered the 'Noles for decades, had this to say:
This Matias kid, who has flipped to FSU, is something else physically. Saw him on his visit in December. Looks like an NFL lineman already. Can't tell you about his footwork, technique or anything else ... but Matias will be most impressive looking OL FSU has had in long time.
Florida State heavily pursued Matias throughout the process. Integral for the 'Noles was coach James Coley, who speaks fluent Spanish. This was important because Matias' parents speak only spanish. Given that, Coley was the only coach truly able to connect with the parents.
We were told that FSU felt confident it could still pull Matias come signing day, despite his commitment to Rutgers. The surprising part of this switch isn't that it happened, but rather that it happened tonight.
The 'Noles are absolutely crushing the ACC right now.
Florida State now has 25 commitments and can now be considered the favorite for the top recruiting class in the country.